Aaaah gun control. Per capita, Canadians own more guns than Americans
However, per capita, deaths by firearms are higher in the States than in Canada. (I can find and display this info for you if you'd like)
Personally speaking I think much of the issue comes down to the perception of what firearms really are.
I don't see a firearm as a weapon. It is a tool, a tool that is needed and hopefully rarely used, by law enforcement, the military and farmers/hunters.
For example, if you've ever lived on a farm you'll know that you need at least a bare minimum of 3 firearms. A small caliber weapon like a .22 for shooting pests, a shotgun for birds, and something with a little more kick for larger stuff like elk (or if you have to put a larger animal out of it's misery)... like a .306 or 303.
So a farmer at minimum, if he is being responsible over his property, should have no less than 3 guns kept in good working order. Does that mean that he should go walking through town with a loaded rifle for his own defense?
The idea that citizenry will use firearms to defend their homes against invasion and robbers, in theory sounds good. In reality, it's absolutely ridiculous. For it to be feasible, the average Joe would have to regularly carry out target practice so as to not be rusty. How many folks other than hobbyists and hunters carry out regular target practice? The percentage is tiny.
Then same Joe would have to regularly maintain his firearm, keep it in a place that's quickly reachable in an emergency and yet inaccessible to small children or casual guests.
THEN, same Joe would also have to carry out dry runs to figure out likely scenarios in which he would have to use the firearm.
Even with all those preparations done, if you're the victim of a home invasion and you're sitting on the can or cooking something in the kitchen when the door gets kicked down chances are you're screwed anyway and wouldn't be able to get to the gun.
So again, the self-defence argument sounds good but in actuality it provides some piece of mind and little else.
So what am I getting at?
Folks should be allowed to own as many guns as they want, provided they meet the proper requirements, just as you must meet requirements to operate a vehicle. That's not the issue.
The issue is the TYPE of weapons people are allowed to own. If private civillians actually need to carry around automatic weapons, methinks the local police department has failed in doing their job!