Having watched thousands of movies and TV crime shows, I know that criminals look for vulnerable victims and avoid those who are not. Crime is increased in areas where guns are banned. It tells armed criminals and mentally deranged people that they will have an advantage over their proposed victims. Gun bans embolden them.
The breakdown of the family unit and rampant immorality are the causes of much of the violence. Dysfunctional families and bad parents are everywhere. Playing a violent video game does not ensure that an overt violent act will be committed. If there are no moral inhibitions against the violent acts, then violent games train the killer. In a blame society, the need to stop the hated with an overt violent act becomes normal.
There probably are less overt violent acts now than in the 1920s in Chicago during Prohibition. What now occurs is simply available 24-7 in many forms of media.
It is relatively safe in Israel even though the country is surrounded by people who desire to kill them. This is because both young men and women in Israel serve in the military and are trained for combat. Potential murderers know that a response to their crime will be quick and with overwhelming force. A terrorist is very hard to stop because many are willing to die for their beliefs. They – like a mentally deranged person – do not worry about a response.
Turning guns into playground equipment sounds great. But many ideas based on false premises have sounded great and have resulted in tragedy. Turning swords into plowshares is only possible when Jesus the Messiah is on his throne!