OK , so with all the effort directed towards curbing driving under the influence, as well as the effort to discourage the use of tobacco, why is it then that, in the US, more people are killed by either of these two than with guns? Most any state in the union asserts that driving is a privilege. which they have the right to regulate. Smoking, same thing, by the feds. Gun ownership on the other hand is a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. That document is the only thing standing between the U.S. being a democracy, democratic nation where the majority rules as some would lead you to believe, and a Republic. Of course, that may be news to some of the younger generation that were not taught Americanism in school,,,,or at home.