There's less hope than you think. I watched Flashpoint for a while. Then there was an episode where an innocent man is being stalked by a maniac who wants to kill him and his daughter, and so he begins carrying a gun for self defense. And throughout the episode this is portrayed as dangerous and irresponsible and insane. We're clearly given to understand that he should rely on the police to protect him. In the climax, the killer finds him and has a drawn gun and is planning to shoot him, and so the innocent man draws his own gun to shoot back, and then the Flashpoint team arrive and order the VICTIM to drop his gun, while the murderer still has a gun pointed at him.