"Education is the only thing you can do that will change society. Everything else is just a band-aid." - Jacqueline de Chollet
"Boys will be boys. But boys will not be president." - Ronald Regan
Guns themselves are indeed tools. But if they (like other tools) leave you better off economically, politically, etc they are tools of empowerment.
[QUOTE=US Conservative;1063825158]Exercising one's rights. A means to prevent tyranny. Self defense. The means to hunt.
Yes, of course they do. They give a feeling of safety and security. Would someone without a firearm go outside to their dead end road to confront a vehicle that had no business being there? Would you answer a knock on the door in the middle of the night without gun in hand? Would you drive into a bad neighborhood unarmed?
Do firearms empower people? Note that this is not pertaining specifically to the US or the 2nd amendment, but rather a general question.