What fuels the love for guns in the US? - Inside Story Americas - Al Jazeera English
There are nearly 300 million firearms in the US - which is almost as many guns as there are people. It is, in fact, the most heavily armed country per capita in the world.
But since 20 children were shot and killed in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, the call for tougher gun control laws has been louder than it has been for decades.
Those calls have also prompted many to go out and buy more guns. Stores across the country have recorded a massive increase in sales, as gun owners fear regulations could infringe on their right to bear arms.
In a country where the right to bear arms is enshrined in the constitution, the debate over gun control is highly divisive.
Gun owners say they are being unfairly vilified, while gun control advocates say assault rifles have no place on the streets.
In this first episode of our Inside Story Americas special series, Guns, Culture and Crime in the US
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