> For the foreseeable future, a gun is the only device that is a true "equalizer", that allows the weak to defend themselves from the strong. If nothing else, that is one excellent reason to allow people to carry guns.
True, but there is a serious side effect. If guns are prevalent, every time somebody goes crazy, somebody dies (often the same person, often not). And yes, people can go crazy without warning.
In places with much more limited access to guns, people also go crazy, but usually that causes much less harm.
Given that gun ownership is going up in the US, and at the same time being shot is the leading cause of death for working age people, I wonder whether this is the right way to go.