I think it was Sam Colt that called the handgun "the great equalizer". It makes a small frail person the equal to a large violent one. Now imagine how the world was before guns, every confrontation involving swords, clubs, etc and hand-to-hand fighting with the bigger agressor essentially slicing the smaller victim to ribbons. Women and children stood NO CHANCE and bullies reigned supreme. The looney libs would have us return to those days, since they think they would be "safer". In case you think a cop would save you, just remember when seconds count, they are only minutes away, and besides, it not their job, anyway.