In areas of the country with less restrictive gun laws and higher gun ownership, violent crime is lower. The stats speak for themselves.
The reason that the gun laws are more restrictive in those parts of the country is because they've realised what a huge problem they represent. The stats certainly do speak for themselves but you have to look at the right stats.
For almost all areas, when making international comparisons the USA is compared to other 'similar' countries normally meaning Western Europe, Canada, Japan Australia and so on. In other words the 'Western World'. These are countries with similar levels of education, democracy freedom and wealth.
For many areas the USA compares impressively well but there is a glaring discrepancy when it comes to prison population and gun crime. The two are obviously linked but I'll ignore the prison population since we are talking about guns.
Look at this chart and tell me that guns are making you safer.
I also notice that you start talking about 'accidental' gun deaths for children. I didn't mention 'accidental' deaths I just stated the plain truth that thousands of children are being injured or killed by guns in your country every year. I suppose if they are not accidents you don't care?
Look to the real tyranny that has taken place during the 20th century - 20 million killed by Stalin, millions dead by Hitler's regime, 3 million (out of a population of 8 million) killed due to Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, millions killed by Mao, etc. Each of these populations had been disarmed. The history of the 20th century was the history of tyranny and the fight against it and if the populations had arms they may have been able to resist their oppressors.
I think possibly because the USA is a relativley new country it doesn't place as much emphasis on history teaching as older countries do. Certainly you appear to be pretty uninformed.
Hitler's regime did not disarm the German people, like all European countries the vast majority of people in Germany were never armed, certainly not in the 20th century and certainly never with guns. The regime was very popular and won power through the ballot box and through propaganda.
if the populations had arms they may have been able to resist their oppressors
The majority of Germans never saw themselves as being oppressed, you do not know what you are talking about.
The same argument goes for Stalin's Russia. The people were not disarmed. You are simply incorrect.
Bringing Cambodia into your argument is pretty desperate but again the population of Cambodia had no history of being armed. The truly unfortunate events that took place in that country were a tragic combination of colonial withdrawal and cold war power play. You can lay the blame at France, Russia and the USA but to suggest that the problem was that the peasants didn't have guns is ridiculous.
You are blind to the harm guns cause in your country because you like guns.
The argument that you need them to keep the government at bay is unbelievably weak and does not justify those dead or maimed children that you ignore, or the large number of suicides that wouldn't happen if guns did not make it so easy.
Iraq had plenty of guns and your government and mine had little trouble taking over. The idea that people with pistols or rifles are going to make any difference to the US military is laughable.
By the way boats have plenty of good uses. Tell me what use a