(Inspired by this conversation)
Many people who harp on self-defense talk about needing to carry guns to protect themselves, their family, their property, etc. Just in case they find themselves in a situation where force (or the threat thereof) is required, and the authorities either aren't around or can't be bothered.
It's a deep, deep burden, no doubt.
This reminds me of something I've written about before, contemplating how many fringe religious leaders and political extremists adhere to principles that just happen to jibe perfectly with they want to do (manifest destiny, command their wife and family, assault children in the name of God, etc.). Same thing with civilian gun enthusiasts. I've never heard anyone say, "I hate guns and think that America has too much gun lust. Violence is not the answer. Nevertheless, I pack a piece." Almost to a person, the people I know who talk the most about the need to "defend" are the ones who elevate guns to God and family status. And it's specifically a firearm fetish; they aren't exactly Debbie Downer when it comes to other theoretical dangers, like car accidents or natural disasters. Or, for that matter, what harm unsecured guns could do in the house. After all, guns don't kill people. People kill people. Hence the need for more heat!
I can't help but feel like those who harp on self-defense the most are the ones who want to prove that they can. Because more than with other defense scenarios, brandishing firearms is a sexy American fantasy. There's a reason you see it so much in movies and on TV.
If that's just an incorrect observation on my part, then I'll be happy to be wrong. But somehow I doubt it.