No. American lives are NOT improved by the steady proliferation of guns, and irresponsible "gun rights" ordinances. There is no rational reason for anyone, elected official or private citizen, to carry a gun around with them at all times. Frankly, I have a neighbor who does that...in my state it's his "right".....but I personally find it distressing to see. Why is that show of force necessary? What exactly is he worried about as he walks to his mailbox? Where is this unreasonable fear coming from? What happened in Alexandria was a tragedy. Increasing the number of guns, loosening restrictions so that more and more and more people - with minimal firearms training and/or threat situation training - will go around carrying will just increase the number of accidental or friendly fire shootings while doing nothing to get at root causes of violence in society.