I recently had occasion to spend a few days at a U.S. military base in California and observed something unexpected: a lack of guns. There were lots and lots of soldiers walking around, but very few firearms (except at the guard posts). What is interesting about this is that the population on the base are very well trained on the use of firearms, yet their access to guns is tightly regulated. Conversely, in the city outside the gates of the base (and all across America) is a civilian population who are not nearly as well trained and yet have unfettered access to guns. It it any wonder that gun violence is so out of control in America?