Having studied the facts about guns from both sides for many years and debated the same (mostly with pro-gun folk) I am still at a loss as to the reason we are so fascinated with guns in America. There is of course a long history of gun use from when the constitution was written, at which time there was only 5 million people in America and guns were needed for protection, for a standing army, and even to potentially protect people from a tyrannical government. However, that was over two hundred years ago and America now has a large enough army to protect itself, a national guard to protect from a tyrannical government and 300 million people who need to coexist peacefully. There is zero evidence that guns make us safer personally, but lots of evidence to show guns make us less safe and make our kids less safe. No other country has such a fascination with guns and no other developed country has such high gun deaths, or homicide rate. The only real answer I have heard to support owning a gun is "I just really like them". What other reason is there?