The calculus is obviously very different for firearm ownership in the UK. You are basically bound by circumstance to trust in the stability of your governance. The UK’s approach to most aspects of policy is very autocratic by our standards.
The UK and US are interesting to contrast because they are not at all parallel. The US was founded in large part by people who had been disenfranchised by the crown. And our general trust in governance varies geographically, depending on the origins of the people who originally colonized it. The “red/blue" geographic schism bandied about by the media is a vicious oversimplification. This is an interesting read:
This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures
In his fourth book, " American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America,"…
I would like to read more about this “long peace.” I suspect a case could be made that we in the US have maintained a level of peace by externalizing our violence to the middle east, Pacific rim, and such. Similar in some ways to the Roman Empire. I’m not clear that that’s an ideal solution, nor a permanent one.