I'm going to say something that even many people in the U.S. aren't getting (I know neetanddave will get this):
it isn't about guns
People in the U.S. aren't obsessed with owning guns and the right to own guns. What we ARE obsessed with (at least those of us who have any sense) is our rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and what we see as a continuing assault on those rights under various disguises, such as gun control in the name of safety. We're obsessed with maintaining our Consitutional rights because we know that once a right guaranteed by the Constitution is lost, it's never regained. And why the line in the sand on the Second Ammendment is so important is because if we give up even one ammendment's rights, all the others are in jeopardy. And I'm so glad that the current U.S. Supreme Court recognizes this and recently upheld the Second Ammendment with a "strict constructionist" interpretation of the Ammendment in a ruling against Washington DC's handgun laws, a city where, of any place else in the nation, you'd think handgun control could be most justified.