The American gun culture is a misnomer. What we have is a culture of individual responsibility and action where law abiding citizens have an inalienable right to protect themselves and their loved ones against ANY threat and use ANY arms sufficient to do so. There are tyrannical elements in our society that believe only they should have the power to met out safety and protection (read control). Unless you can mount a police officer on your hip you are unprotected. The police are minutes away when seconds count even when they are benevolent. Then we have the criminal culture please learn to discriminate between the two.