I’d like to offer a hypothesis regarding gun possession that I am sure that you’ll find interesting. That hypothesis is that gun ownership among men is motivated primarily by feelings of sexual inadequacy.
The evidence for this hypothesis springs from a wide variety of sources. The ability to throw rocks, a unique skill among human males, was crucial to success in the hunt, which in turn led to sexual success in hominids for at least the last two million years. Indeed, that is the reason why the standard image of a he-man or superhero has a large torso; the pectoral musculature provides the primary thrust for a thrown projectile. Note also the universal propensity for young boys to throw rocks, and the emphasis on hurling objects in so many sports. The sexual value of rock-throwing is illustrated by the phrase “throws like a girl”.
Guns are the most powerful, most accurate form of rock-throwing. This explains their popularity among American males. Interestingly, this is largely a cultural artifact, as few other cultures associate guns with sexual potency.
There is much more information I could provide on the topic, if you are interested.