I think something that's being missed is that the rate of gun violence is declining. It seems like a knee jerk reaction to try to fix something that is working and getting better already just because a handful of shitty things happen. Considerring that and the fact that we're the closest first world country to most of the countries that rank higher than us in Gun violence, I don't know what else could be asked.
I'm all for lowering gun violence, but passing crappy legislation so people can feel good about themselves is almost always a bad idea.Just to back this up, in 2011 they were close enough to be pretty much statistically equal. The death rates for both were 10.3/100,000. I just looked an apparently in 2009 cars got way better. I found that interesting that there was like a 20,000 death drop in a years time. Good job auto industry o.o
The number of gun deaths in America each year is actually about equal to the number of vehicle deaths. Most of them are accidents though and caused by things you can't control plus we use cars far more than we use guns.
edit: I just checked something and apparently 60% of our gun deaths are suicides. Not really sure how that affects things.
I did see the suicide thing. I think one thing to note is that suicide research tells us that gun suicides are perhaps the most successful of all. So its still an issue.
I would say that the drop in crime is across the board rather than dealing with guns. Australia has dropping rates, too. As do other areas. The question is whether gun rates are dropping as a % of crimes since gun crimes tend to be more deadly than other kinds.
Just because there is a generic crime drop doesn't mean we should just let guns go on. We should still try to reduce their danger.