Here's another way of visualizing the difference in the two arguments here.
--Conservatives (left panel) play up every kind of difference in order to blame circumstances rather than the gun.
--Liberals (right panel) make the obvious point that every gun death involves a gun.
I will be bipartisan now and say: Both sides have a point!
A harmonious and effective gun regulation system would attack *both sides* of this equation. Yes, address poverty. Yes, reduce incentives to traffic drugs, and thus sap away the motivations for gang-related violence. Yes, treat mental illness. Yes, provide suicide hotlines. Yes, invest in deradicalization programs that might deprogram violent extremists before they commit mass murders. Yes, expand job opportunities. Yes, bolster our welfare system. Yes, reform our police practices to reduce the likelihood and severity of fatal police encounters. These are all self-evidently beneficial things to do.
But also: Regulate. The. Damn. Guns.
The irony is: liberals/Democrats *want* to address all the social ills that can cause gun violence - *and also* regulate guns better. And conservatives/Republicans, for all their rhetorical posturing about "circumstances," want to do neither. They defund and disparage the social programs I just mentioned at every opportunity. And they expand the freedom to purchase and carry guns wherever they can.
Result? Well, we already know the result.