What I'd still like to see is something effective, something that prevents me from feeling like I maybe ought to be packing heat whenever I go out in public. Probably a pipe dream, I know.
Well, since you missed the GA thread and seem serious about this, I'll turn off mockery mode for the moment and share this excerpt:
To be sure, even as gun rights and ownership have expanded, most of the tragic scenarios predicted by opponents of gun rights have not played out. However, murders by firearm have increased 45 percent since 1999, despite an overall drop in violent crime, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Gosh, I wonder why they picked 1999 in particular for that statistic? Could there be more to the story if you look at other years?
They could have picked 1987, the year Florida started issuing concealed weapons permits.
But that would have shown a slight decrease in firearms murders and a larger decrease in handgun murders, which is not exactly useful propaganda.
I seldom carry a gun off the property because I know the likelihood of needing it is low and the chance of an accident/theft/friend's kid getting hold of it/whatever exists. I carry when I'm going to big cities, generally Miami or Tampa. I grew up in Miami when it was a more violent place.
As the stats above show, firearms murders per 100k population have fallen by about half since 1990, more since the 1970s. The table applies to Florida, but the trend is national and exists where there is strict gun control and where there is lax gun control.
The basic answer to your concern is: don't worry, be happy! We are a less violent society than we were and things are improving all over, even in places like Florida. Unarmed people wander around all the time without getting shot, and armed people wander around without having to shoot anyone. It's not a pipe dream. It's reality. Despite the shocking 45% increase since 1999. (I had quit giving jocal shit about that one since he changed his tune, but couldn't resist one parting shot at the cherry-picked propaganda.)