I inadvertently started a discussion in another thread about gun control in the US, so I thought I'd start a new thread about it here. Basically, I suggested that gun laws in the US would eventually bring themselves inline with countries at a similar level of development, much like homosexual partnerships and the death penalty. (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1096953 but please don't steer that thread more off course!) Obviously my perspective is from outside the US, so I'd be interested in what my cousins on the other side of the pond think. To me having the "right to bear arms" seems really silly in the 21st century. I know there are restrictions (background checks, waiting times etc) but that doesn't change the fact that many people can get a gun if they like. Here, you have to have a good reason to have a gun and different licences are required (for example a farmer could quite easily get a shotgun but not a hand gun, but average Jo public can't have anything). I am aware that guns are a big part of American culture, and I am not pretending that anything is going to change soon. However, looking at the legal history the restrictions on gun ownership seems to be changing rapidly- http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/weekly/aa092699.html Although the issue remains complicated- http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1818325,00.html It seems to me, given the previous trend, that gun laws are only going to get tighter and tighter. Will they eventually be on a similar level to European countries, even though it may take another 50-100 years? I think so, but of course it is not a one-way street (here in the UK I can see more and more 'specialist' Police Officers carrying fire arms appearing over the next few years).