I own them and I support people being allowed to own them. I hunt because wild game tastes a lot better than store bought. And I also live in a state where you don't have to go to far outside of city limits before you have to worry about predatory animals... or some prey. Like moose, catch one of them in a bad mood and they will charge a semi truck. As for the violence problem... well we have a great number of problems in America and solving some of them would likely lower the violence problem, and maybe the drug problem and maybe the drunk driving problem.