I did not have time to research the number of weapons in homes when I was growing up compared to today. I think some of my dad’s friends were hunters, but guns didn’t get talked about much then because most people who had them did not abuse their right to have one.
It’s also true that we didn’t have as much crime back then and people were less likely to need a weapon for self-defense. Today crime abounds. Even our a local police chief had her personal car stolen last week. We know that there are gangs and traffickers on the streets looking for victims.
It’s also true that the reason we have the 2nd Amendment is to defend ourself against an unjust government. An unarmed people is defenseless against a takeover by a hostile government. We think that can’t happen here, but it can happen anywhere. There are many who would like to take away our freedom of speech and religion right now.
It’s also harder for a foreign power to conquer a country whose citizens are armed. There are always those who will find a way to do evil. If they can’t get guns, they make bombs and blow them up in crowded places.
What we need is help for the disturbed and mentally ill and a return to adults who are willing to live unselfishly enough to build solid families. Just my opinion.