I am a NZ firearms owner and licensee. I also hold a security license. This debate seems to be playing out in America through memes and statistics (X killed in Chicago, Y killed in Iraq, etc). I think it IS about proliferation and availability of guns (the same applies to alcohol and binge drinking in NZ). Guns do kill (ask the parents of children killed in curiosity accidents). I do not share the paranoia in some US circles that reducing the types of some guns disarms the public and leaves them vulnerable to tyranny. In the end the army and police are Americans too, and would have to be complicit in any despot wanting to enslave the American populace. Just reducing guns does not make Americans unsafe; it will make them safer because most Americans die in domestic or civil violence, not government vs people.
In the end this is about people and laws. The ability of governments other than to ‘broad-brush’ (send directional steers) is limited. Reform is feasible and would be positive (why does the American populace need military weapons and handguns? Why not just keep hunting-type rifles or rifles of a certain calibre? Caught with a gun in a criminal act? Automatic extra 2 years, like our home invasion loading in NZ).
So, I’m with Piers Morgan on this. A reasoned de-escalation and restriction of weapons in the US, better registration, respecting hunting rights, but targeting criminal gangs and smaller hand guns and military ordinance, can only be good for America.