I will say first I may not be in the majority of the people in the US. but I do not worry about being shot where ever I am, maybe because I grew up knowing a bee can kill me in 20 minutes or less as I am allergic, so flying, being shot, a car accident were just another way of going.My father would say If you knew where you were going to die, you'd kill yourself to stay away from there. he also would say when your number is up that's it.
If as you say so many of us are afraid of going any where why do we have so many. who fly all over the US or drive. I do not think it has anything to do with a way of * politically influencing * when a shooting happens it is on the news or as with Sandy Brook takes over a show there is no one in the Government telling the stations to take over normal viewing.and yes for a while there is a big thing about it but then after awhile things simmer down and life goes on. which I figure will happen here even after Sandy Brook or the next thing that happens.
Most the people I know who go anywhere are now more afraid of another 9 11 happening then being shot, and yes many may complain about the hassle at the airport,but down deep know why it is going on.lets not forget three years ago a train station in Spain was blown up by terrorist, the next year a cafe in another country.It was not so long ago these kind of acts were being done in the UK by the Irish. A long standing disagreement there. and the most I hear about the checking at the airport are from people who are not happy with not being able to have the BIGGER bottle of shampoo or mouth wash, yes now and then some of what you say is reported but by far I would say its not being able to have larger carry one. if your going to stay with someone, ship them your big bottle of shampoo and such maybe even your clothes it may cost less to ship and not have to go through the hassle at the airport and then take a small over night bag. If we were a country that could profile we may not need the TSA but since we are not, then we will have something not everyone is happy with.
So yes we as a country may sound like we are out of control, BUT we are by your counties years still a young nation you have gone through your periods of out of control violence and I bet it was just as bad as we are having now, just because the people here and now are the same age as you dose not make our history the same age. in many ways we may still have some growing up to do, but in all honestly we will never be as old as you are. our history will without doubt be falling behind in some things. somethings we may be a little ahead as someone may have read the history of the world and found what worked and what did not.
Many years ago I was in Washington D.C. and to be honest I was more afraid the heat was going to do me in then a person shooting me. I may run more of a risk of some stupid hunter shooting me through carelessness then a person breaking and entering, or being in a big city.
You say we are giving up freedoms to live without the fear of being shot but what did you or those before you give up to live as you say *where guns are strictly regulated and gun-crime is virtually unknown* that did not happen over night I bet.
The drones as I understand are being used to help stop the drugs/human smuggling that is going on, as I live near a spot where many times smugglers have been stopped and if these help to keep drugs out of my area then I guess I can live with it, as for killing Americans where did this come from? as for the smugglers would it be any worse for a drone to shoot at a smuggler to stop them then a policeman who is chasing them through a town or back road and putting people at risk from a stray shot or car going out of control and hitting them.
A drone can fly high enough to see what is going on ahead of the smuggler, to tell is there someone crossing who may be hit, are there kids playing along the road if so,a shot to a tire may put them in danger.is there a side road they may take where a policeman may not see them take.
We may not be everyone's cup of tea,but on the whole I think we are as safe as most places in the world, warts and all.