I'll be honest, I'm straight up terrified by the USA's gun culture pretty much to the point of a phobia. The last time I was in the USA I was legitimately scared that some poster child of self-control and rationality would think that pointing a gun at my face to solve a problem is an AMAZING idea. The increased vitriol over the last few years among gun owners in the US really hasn't helped this either. If I end up moving to Washington, regardless of my relatively high opinion of that state it will still be in the back of my mind, unnerving my social interactions. Hell, the only thing that would stop me from getting a concealed carry license is the fact I won't hold a permanent green card, just so I wont be left upstream without a paddle if you catch my drift. I recently had a friend point out that this view is heavily influenced by the media that surrounds us. A lot of the news about some American doing something stupid with a gun comes to us via mainstream media. A media culture that's almost hell bent on painting America as some country continually in the throws of Psychosis when it comes to guns (among other things). Well my response is kind of... so? The spin on the stories doesn't change the fact those events happened and that America in general seems to have a high rate of people treating guns closer to toys or magical fairy dust that you can liberally apply to "problems". On top of all of this, with your political Zeitgeist falling apart at the seams it only seems to encourage more of the gun crazies to do crazy gun things because 'muuuurica. I dunno, am I creating my own boogieman? Or should I learn to temporarily cripple people with my hands faster than people can pull a trigger.