[QUOTE=House O' Pain;4591292] Fantasyland?
My point being that buying/owning a handgun doesn't free anyone from the possiblility of becoming a victim of random violence, and furthermore, statistics show that owning one will likely increase your chances of being shot by that same gun and if you have a teen that they will use it on themselves.
Just buying/owning a gun doesn't mean you know how to use it in self defense and statistically the chances of the average person being in a situation where it saves their life is far outweighed by the chance of them or another family member being injured by that same gun.
"Statistically", the majority of people who have a gun permit, seek out some kind of basic weapons training.
"Statistically", more armed people have survived a violent event than have unarmed people.
"Statistically", more armed homeowners have shot a home-invader before the police even start their cars.
Owning a gun doesn't protect you from violence. It only puts the odds of survival more in your favor.
A gun is a dangerous weapon. Ignorant, Stupid, or mentally deranged people may hurt themselves or others. Some people shouldn't be allowed to have them.
Generally, the majority of good, sane, right-thinking people do quite well with a gun.
A gun is something you wear, it's not who you are.