Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, don't blame someone else, or expect others to make a change, you should stop complaining and make a different choice. Remember, the circumstances of your birth don't determine the outcome of your life.
do guns empower people?
depends on your definition of "empower"
do they provide legal sanction or authority?.... nope.
do they to promote self-actualization or influence?... hell yes.
Guns are used over 2 million times a year in this nation for lawful defense, and more often than they are used for crime-so frankly its a big issue.
How Often Do We Use Guns in Self-Defense? - Businessweek