Number of guns in America: ~240 million
Number of adults in America: Less than that.
Murders with guns, 2005: 14,000
Suicides by firearm, 2004: 16,000
Fatal firearm accidents, 2004: 650
Children killed by guns, 2004: 400
In the last 45 years, more Americans have died by gunfire than were killed on foreign battlefields in the last 100 years.
President who signed bills banning assault weapons (semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity handgun magazines) and requiring background checks before gun sales: Bill Clinton
President in office when assault weapons ban expired: George Bush
Households with guns, 1977: 54%
Households with guns, 2007: 33%
On-line price of an AK-47: $379.99
I have nothing original to add. To my knowledge, we are the most violent "developed" society on earth. I defy anyone in my VAST readership to tell me why any person (except the police and military) should be able to buy assault weapons, armor-piercing bullets, and the like. Idiocy in the defense of freedom is still idiocy.