In that vein, others being armed is what is empowering to the regular populace.
The guy who seems to have kidnapped/raped/possibly murdered Hannah Graham, for example, who is now connected to a slew of disappearances. He didn't need a gun - he's a large powerful man overpowering college girls.
.....how many of them do you think were armed and capable of defending themselves at the time? That's empowerment.