Well, now you do have to define what you mean by “gun culture”, because I’d venture a guess that what we view as normal, you would say was that “oppression” thingie, and restriction of firearms rights.
For example, anyone who wants to buy a long arm has to have a “PAL” - “possession and acquisition licence.”
You also need a PAL to buy ammunition.
To get a PAL you have to go through a firearms safety course, and also a background check by the police (OPP in Ontario, Sûreté de Québec in Quebec, federal RCMP in the rest of the country, in cooperation with municipal police). And the background checks include interviewing your spouse, family members, roommates, employers. And a check for any pending or completed criminal charges. Right now, the checks cover the pas five years, but the current government has proposed that the check could go back to the time you turned 16 or so. And it’s not a “shall issue” kind of test.
And if you want to sell firearms as a business, you need a licence. Ditto for ammunition. With background checks to get the licence. And strict firearm storage laws, and records-keeping.
And if you do get a long arm, it must be kept under lock and key when you’re not using it, in a secure gun safe, or with a trigger lock. You can’t keep a loaded shotgun by your bed, in other words, which a lot of US gun-friendly posters on these boards have advocated in previous threads.
And if you want a handgun, another licence is needed, to buy a restricted firearm. And another gun safety course. And you must keep it under lock and key when not being used. And it must be registered with the Federal Firearms Registry. And any transfer of a handgun has to be recorded in the Registry.
And, the only thing you can use a handgun for is target practice. Your restricted possession licence only allows you to have it at your home, at a firing range, and in transit between the two.
Handguns for personal safety? Armoured car guards can get a permit for that type of possession, but only for when they’re on the job. So too can trappers and lumbermen, and others whose jobs take them into wilderness areas.
Possession of a handgun for personal safety, with right of concealed carry? You need another licence for that. Most estimates I’ve seen is that there are about 400 licences for that, out of the entire population. An applicant has to demonstrate an imminent threat to their lives to get one.
So yes, we have a gun culture in Canada, for hunting and target practice, but heavily regulated. Could American “gun enthusiasts” agree that our gun culture is acceptable to them? Or, if a government in the US tried to implement a similar system, would it be the “oppression” and threats to your rights that you’ve mentioned ?