Conservatives believe the government is incompetent, and seek to elect people who will prove it
Ignorance is Bliss Bliss is the same as happiness US Christian conservatives are the happiest in the US according to studies Do you see a connection?
I'm sorry that we have different values to Americans.
Aside from that, I think maybe your definition of "coward" needs to be revised. You can be either brave or cowardly while feeling mortal fear, regardless if an objective evaluation would find that the fear is justified -- brave is being afraid and doing the hard thing anyway, cowardice is succumbing to your fear and failing in your obligations as a result.
Finally, there are predators to be found everywhere. Even if you've never even seen a bad neighborhood on TV, a sufficiently bad experience can teach you the necessity of a weapon for personal protection -- and don't tell me that's an indicator of mental illness, because if you do you'll only be making it blazingly obvious you have no clue what you're talking about.
As to my point about cowardice. Again reading in context is everything. The thread states that the man wish he had a gun to feel protected when "accosted" by two young men in a public place in broad daylight in safe part of a city known to be a safe city. If you feel threatened by that then you are a coward. If you feel you need a gun in that situation to make you feel safe then you are a coward and quite possibly mentally unstable. In most situations while traveling you are perfectly safe without a gun. Again while I can think of a few situations when being armed might be necessary for protection, this definitely was not one of them. In general if you feel you need to carry a gun to feel safe then you seriously need to consider mental therapy. While there are few situations when I can think it wise those are few and far between.
I then proceeded to provide you with an example of the sort of person who might need a gun in order to feel safe. You then once again painted with a pretty broad brush about the kind of person who would go into a bad neighborhood.
I'm not missing the context, I've been responding to that broad brush you insist on using.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers