Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The gun has held a special place in the American culture since the earliest days of the nation. The early settlers, the militiamen of the Revolutionary War, the frontiersmen of the Wild West – they all relied on their trusty firearms as a tool for sustenance and protection from internal as well as external threats, thus deeply rooting the idea of a right to bear arms. However, the gun control advocacy organizations view the increasing proliferation of firearms as one of the main causes of gun related deaths and atrocities such as the Columbine massacre and the recent shooting in Aurora. Learn more about the gun culture in the United States, the ongoing political debate about the issues of gun control and its main participants as well as violence caused by the easy access to firearms in the following pages.