"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
So I assume you are not a coward, and that is why you do not own a gun? You are not afraid of anything... or rather, you think there will never be anything you would be afraid of because something or someone else will always keep you protected? You have faith in your protection, and that makes you brave.
It's good to have faith in the good hearts of the people around you.
But I think this is a thought process of someone who has been severely sheltered most of their life and has never experienced the true reality and cruelty of the world.
I do not own a gun... because I can't afford one xD. I do not consider myself cowardly, nor do I have a small penis lol.
There is a difference between the brave and the stupid... the brave are scared, but choose to push on anyway. The stupid are not.
I'll throw out a Lion King quote for fun...that I think is relevant
Mufasa: Simba, I'm very disappointed in you.
Young Simba: I know.
Mufasa: You could have been killed! You deliberately disobeyed me! And what's worse, you put Nala in danger!
Young Simba: I was just trying to be brave like you.
Mufasa: Simba, I'm only brave when I have to be. Being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble.
Young Simba: But you're not scared of anything.
Mufasa: I was today.
Young Simba: You were?
Mufasa: Yes. I thought I might lose you.
Young Simba: Whoah. I guess even kings get scared, huh?
When a crime is ignored ~ it becomes flagrant;
When a crime is rewarded ~ it becomes epidemic:
No Amnesty No Exception
Thank you. Possessing weapons in a world where there are armed thugs is merely prudent and rational... no fear or egotism need be involved at all.
The bottom line is, if someone with a weapon is trying to abuse you, your odds of successfully resisting are far greater if you are armed than if not. End of story.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
I'll say this, Police would certainly think a little more about busting into someone's house if they know they have a gun. And thanks to the ruling in Texas, if I cop breaks into the wrong home without announcing themselves, the homeowner has every right to shoot them. I'm sure they'll be careful to make sure their hitting the right home from now on...