Ned would have you believe America is so safe that we don't need common sense in our gun laws yet so dangerous that we must arm ourselves at all times.
I'm starting to think the "I must be armed at all times" mentality is a sort of addiction. Maybe not in a clinical sense, but think about it:
The person lies down to sleep, hears a noise in the house (something creaking, like in my place), and feels around for his gun so he can feel safe again. He gets up during the night to use the bathroom and takes his gun along (there was a case last year with a guy shooting himself doing just that, so I can't imagine it's unusual). In the morning before he goes to work or wherever he goes, he arms himself. He won't go out the door without that gun. It's with him in his car. He shops where they don't have a no-guns sign just in case... well, just in case. He comes home at night and looks all around and feels for that gun again before he goes from the car to the house. He eats dinner with it. He watches TV at night with that thing beside him. And he goes to bed same as last night, holding onto that gun.
This is meaningless. Objectively, few Americans are living in, well, battlefield conditions day in and day out. Is our gun-guy protected against the furnace blowing up? Is he protected against traffic crashes? Against drunk drivers? Is he protected against falling down the stairs? Is he safe from food poisoning? Is he catching a deadly disease? What's in his drinking water? Is there radon in the basement? What if terrorists detonate a car bomb next to where he's parking? What if there's an earthquake?
He's got nothing against any of that, but he keeps feeling for that gun thinking "now I'm safe." Not only are we all unsafe in reality, but the gun remedy is repetitive, superstitious, or even addicted behavior. Are these thought processes even fully conscious, or is it more like some old Catholic lady touching her crucifix to feel safe? The difference is she's harmless and the gun guy is not.
It is very very hard to talk people out of addictions.