Truckman, just go and look at all indexes ever devised to measure human flourishing, like crime level, economic liberty level, societal trust level, freedom of press level, employment level, budget deficit level, etc, and you will notice the nations with more gun control and more equality like Norway, Switzerland, Germany, etc rank at the top of all such indexes. The big difference I think, is that their citizens don't see their governments as the enemy, but a just necessary structures in the general interest of the nation. They are as free as our dear old USA, if not more, they are at the top of economic freedom indexes. And they all have gun controls, so it must count for something. What's wrong with such societies?