You can argue up one side and down the other with statistics, and you can use the VT shootings to push whatever political envelope you want. The gun deaths in the UK are skewed anyway--look at the number of people in the UK vs the number of people in the US, the number of guns in each, and the number of violent deaths by other means. Over half the gun deaths in the US are suicides. Take a look at the number of suicides in the UK by something other than a gun. You can draw conclusions about how we have a more efficient way to commit suicide--it really is just BS statistics. Besides, without citing sources, you're just full of hot air.
Honestly, I wouldn't live in the UK, because the police over there are shooting your own people and the govenment spies on their own citizens even more than we do, which is bad enough. Guns aren't the problem, nor are they the answer--education is the answer all around. We need to educate our people about firearms.
I love the US, and for all our civil rights, not just the 2nd amendment. One of the strengths of this country is the plethora of civil liberties we enjoy.
The only real piece of legislation that needs to be changed concerning guns (IMHO), is that we should completely ban foreigners from owning and/or purchasing firearms here in the US. It won't stop them, but it will make it harder to obtain firearms for them. [Edit: Please note replies below]
Live by the gun, die by the gun. Give me liberty or give me death.
Many, many more people own firearms legally here in the US and never use them for criminal purposes; while I agree it is a tragedy that some people do use them for criminal purposes, that is the price that you pay for having the civil liberties that we do. I've talked to a number of foreigners that believe they will be shot when the get here to the US. Guess what? The world media hypes up the gun deaths here like crazy--it's all hype. What is your chance of actually getting shot here? Infintessimally small. And whoever said that most of the gun violence in the UK is criminal vs criminal in the inner city--IT'S THE SAME HERE IN THE US. I suspect it's the same across the world in general.
You look at some sensationalistic media hype like is being done now, and you freak out over 30 people dying. You fail to realize that we have sent over 3,000 of our own people to their deaths in Iraq, and killed tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Seriously, we need to get our priorities straight. The crimes at VT are henious, and they are tragic, absolutely, but they are nothing compared to the world-wide destruction we're causing abroad.
For that matter, though I may sound like an anti-patriot for saying it, all the casualties of September 11th are a drop in the bucket for our population as well. Look at all the knee-jerk reactions to that which are still creating problems for us at home and for those of you abroad.
This post, of course, will do nothing to persuade you, as you have already made it abundantly clear that you have your opinion formed already.
There are no simple solutions. Gun control, anti-gun control--none of the simple solutions posed by either side are useful. Let's teach our children how to get along, let's treat them with attention and respect, and maybe we'll have a little better world to live in.