Why does the gun control debate split American opinion?

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In the United States the issue of gun control polarises people. Why does the debate split American opinion?

On BBC Radio 5 live, Saul Cornell looks at the historical significance of firearms ownership.

Speaking to presenter Rhod Sharp on Up All Night, Cornell says the American attitude towards firearms ownership has become a "highly individualistic notion about self-defence."

"It's a kind of Wild West mentality, or Dirty Harry mentality."

You can hear other BBC Radio 5 live highlights by visiting the Best Bits section on the website.

Up All Night broadcasts seven days a week, 01:00 - 05:00 on BBC Radio 5 live.

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