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It has been my experience that most people anywhere are well-intentioned, even here in Chicago. One problem is that we have a skewed sample of things because the media report violent and horrific news, overlooking the boring stuff that doesn't sell papers or ads. Almost everyone in the US (and anywhere else) is decent, inclined to be helpful, and peaceful. Almost no one commits violent crimes; almost no one hurts anyone. Most people, if it won't be too intrusive, and if they aren't scared, will help someone who needs it.
This so-called "gun culture" isn't that; it's not a "culture". People choose to own guns for different reasons, not just to blast perceived threats to them. The original founders of the Constitution weren't just thinking of protection from criminals or foreign invaders. They also had in mind protection from a government gone wrong, the recent tiff with England being fresh in their minds. In light of recent (past five or so years) behavior of the US government, the idea makes a great deal of sense.
The US isn't that much of an anomaly; in many countries, people own guns. In Switzerland, for example, this is quite common, and isn't a big deal. Their murder rate is very low. I think the US murder rate is so high because of the large number of severely oppressed and abused people; many of them are able to get some sort of firearm. In the hands of someone who feels he has nothing to lose, this is dangerous.