I do live in backwater U.S. and that fades into rural farmland. This area has been affected greatly by the financial crisis, There are more drug dealers, more young (and old) addicted to drugs and desperate for money to buy more, people who have slid off the unemployment rolls- time's up sorry. There is no welfare in this area only aid to dependent children. No children= no help. I am always amazed by people outside the U.S. who believe everyone here is living the "good" life. Having said all that, in this part of the country people do hunt to put meat on the table. Also someone needs to keep the population of certain animals down. Deer would take over,they actually are responsible for more deaths from animals here in a year than from all the rest of deaths from other animals combined. They tend to jump in front of cars. We do have coyotes, and occasionally a bear wanders through. Guns are for protection, hunting and preserving a way of life.
We have only been the United States of America since the 1700s and if we hadn't been armed then we would never have been the U.S.A. at all.