This will get posted on any number of websites completely unrelated to guns or rights to self-defense. And for years you will get traffic from outraged Europeans (especially the Brits) who will claim you are insane.
Want to guess how I know?
They can’t wrap their tiny little minds around the fact that we haven’t been doing to badly the past 20 years or so. (Does anyone remember when Florida adopted “Shall Issue?”)
The other thing to remember when the inevitable “but, but, homicides” arguments come up is that the US has -always- had higher homicide rates.
There are any number of sociological factors that explain that: our mobile, young, culturally heterogenous population, with violence being concentrated (primarily) in recent yet-to-be, or poorly assimilated over time, immigrant groups (often from cultures and countries with higher violence traditions or trends); the fact Europe exported, deliberately or by self-selection, its adventurous impetuous types to our shores, etc.
What’s important to note is that where, for instance, NYC had a murder rate something like 8 times higher than London in the late 19th Century, today it is closer to 4 times (last I recall checking anyway).
They have higher violent crime rates with the gap increasing, and the gap on homicide seems to be closing in our favor; likely due, in large part, to their increasing immigration from the Third World since the ’70s and the problems therein pertaining.
Especially since they have criminal justice systems designed to handle their predominantly low-crime homogenous indigenous cultural types, systems that have only gotten more touchy-feely over time.