It's not just about safety. Yes, of course, it's cultural. But this right was born out of concern for government getting out of control. Armed citizenry tend to make difficult subjects. And lawbreakers care not for gun restrictions, which gives them the advantage. When a government restricts it's citizens rights to bear arms, it subjugates them that much more, not to mention leaving them defenseless. Australia obviously has a much different past and origins, so I can understand the difference of opinion.