A new story in the Christian Science Monitor takes a large, long view of gun laws in the United States.
"Gun nation: Inside America's gun-carry culture" examines the rising acceptance of the armed citizenry and how "gun control" has largely shrunk to local attempts to limit where state-granted concealed carry rights may extend:
Thirty years after a powerful gun-control movement swept the country, Americans are embracing the idea of owning and carrying firearms with a zeal rarely seen since the days of muskets and militias.
A combination of favorable court rulings, grass-roots activism, traditional fears of crime, and modern anxieties about government has led to what may be a tipping point on an issue that just a few years ago was one of America's most contentious. Gun rights have now expanded to the point where the fundamental question seems not to be "should we be able to carry guns," but instead is "where can't we carry them?"