As a fierce American patriot, I have to recognize that what originally made America so special was the core liberal values that are now much more universal, esocially in Europe. (PS - I do not mean the "Liberal" caricature that is standard fodder on American media today, but basic liberal values as defined universally: universal suffrage; free press; no state religion; representative democracy with regular election cycles; military subservience to civilian, elected control; respect for private property rights; and full legal equality for all citizens.) More so, given the seemingly mad rush to insanity encompassing us here today, I would encourage you to give very, very serious consideration to staying more "European". Sadly, we are becoming much more "Idiocracy" than we should, and I see no real benefit to becoming American. Unless, that is, your religion is the Gun, and you are willing to make regular sacrifices of your children and fellow citizens to appease this American God(TM) In that case, sign them up and arm them well and train them well in how to pray to their new God.
(PS - I own 3 firearms: a Ruger 10/22; a 1911 ACP clone; and a Ruger .357 magnum. I like my guns a lot, but I do not love and worship them. If the local police - and I live in a rural Georgia county, so that ain't likely - for whatever reason asked me to register and/or test fire my weapons for them to help with solving a crime, I would have no problem with that. But, that's the difference between liking something and worshiping/sacrificing citizens to something.)