And you are correct that things like open carry and castle doctrines and more and more obsession with what the gun lobby inappropriately calls "gun rights" has prospered and thrived over the last decade or two. Which leads us back to the question i raised as to the type of society we want to live in. Quite frankly I really do not care one iota if every house in America has a gun in it and people have them in their cars and places of business as long as they follow the law. I accept that America is different regarding guns and it is part of our culture - for better or worse.
But I am also very much against the growth in things like open carry and the announced purpose of some of the devotees of the practice to desensitize people to seeing guns in public - especially the more modern or more military looking weaponry that some sport with a macho pride. I truly DO NOT want to live in a more gun-centric USA.