I think you will feel less troubled when you realize there is no contradiction.
The countries in the world that are most troubled with violence are those where guns are tightly restricted. The cities and states in the US that are most troubled with violence are those where guns are tightly restricted, or banned -- New York, Chicago, Washington DC, California.
Gun violence seems to occur widely only where one group of people has them and another is not permitted to -- whether "another" is a religious or ethnic minority, citizens who have not the privilege of government connections, or simply law-abiding citizens who are forced to be disarmed while criminals obtain more guns than ever.
Consider the example of Switzerland... widespread gun ownerships, children bringing guns to school for target practice, college coeds walking down city streets with full-auto rifles slung over their shoulders after military practice... and yet there are almost no shootings, and some of the lowest crime rates in Europe (and the world)... not to mention 700 years of democracy, tolerance between three ethnic groups that have frequently been at war elsewhere in Europe, and a high level of both economic prosperity and respect for human rights. And Switzerland was the only country in central Europe during WWII to not only retain full civil rights for its Jewish citizens, but to officially take in Jewish refugees from other countries.
That is a record of tolerance and peace that I think is enviable. The only other countries in the world that approach it are those that have traditionally allowed their (non-criminal) citizens to be legally and universally armed.
Guns that are LEGALLY owned and carried by citizens who have a universal right to do so, are something that help strongly to discourage violence by the ill-intentioned, and so help to preserve peace, justice and tolerance.
Gandhi knew this.
Sometime back, I blogged on this topic... the URL is http://vitsekblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/enabling-torture-rape-and-mutilation.html
Yours in mutual respect for peace, justice and tolerance,
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