Yes... it has been established that you must actually have firearms present, to have firearm violence. It is disingenuous to compare firearm violence to countries who have defacto or absolute bans on firearms, unless your goal is to enact similar bans here, which of course would be unconstitutional. What makes our country different is that we value individual liberty over all else. So, until a violent person actually DOES SOMETHING violent, we cannot segregate him from our peaceful society. And so, we must expect the occasional act of violence, as the cost of liberty. However, once he does initiate an act of violence, he should be locked away, forever. But instead, our revolving-door justice system is turning KNOWN VIOLENT people back out onto our peaceful society, while at the same time, retaining non-violent criminals on "3-strikes" life sentences. It's insanity. As an example, just a few days ago, a man who had been previously convicted multiple times of various violent crimes, used an illegally obtained and held firearm to murder a 4 year old girl in New Mexico. This man was KNOWINGLY and WILLFULLY turned back out onto our society by our criminal justice system. Your ilk will use this as an opportunity to further your gun-ban agenda. I see this as another tragic failure of our criminal justice system, and hold them wholly culpable. This man should NEVER have been allowed to regain his liberty. If he had been locked away THE FIRST TIME, that little girl would be alive today, and all the other violence this man perpetrated would have been prevented. There are a tiny fraction of people who are perpetrating most of the violence in our society. We should identify them, and forcibly segregate them from peaceful society.... if a peaceful society is really what we want, that is.