The NRA and their GOP would love it. More guns. More money for the NRA. More contributions to the GOP.
No, I think arming everyone in the country is a bad way to go.
There are already more guns per capita in the US than almost any other nation, and we have a terrible problem regarding gun violence.
More guns being the answer is the NRA's mantra and dream scenario.
Australia would be a better comparison than Israel. Israel is almost always in a constant state of near war. Plus, due to conscription, a huge percentage of Israel's population is either in the military, or has been in the military. That and their formidable law enforcement would account for a lot of the gun ownership.
In 1996 Australia did a gun buyback, reducing the number of guns by about 1/5, and gun deaths have dropped significantly.
There was a Right Wing report that circulated around 2001 that claimed the opposite. That report has been debunked via several legitimate studies.
The only thing that can't be definitively determined is how many lives were saved by initiating the buy back program. There are some things that can't be proven short of being inside everyone's head.
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