Your personal security is YOUR responsibility.
One of the reasons I got involved with firearms was due to my unfortunate (and life changing) involvement with a severely emotionally disturbed person (a psychopath). Experiencing first hand the malevolent psychology of people like this, their sadistic and pitiless impulses, was a motivating influence for me to arm myself.
Would the world be a better place if no one could physically hurt anyone else? Obviously. But as long as vicious lunatics can acquire weapons, then I know that I better have them, too. If the police were the answer, then all those school children in Newtown CT would still be alive today. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
Our legal system has provided two options for personal security; 1) Personal armament with small arms and a responsibility and willingness to fight to protect oneís personal security or, 2) Dial 911 and Die.
For better or for worse, willingly or unwillingly, consciously or unconsciously, the reality is that everyone in the U.S. is signed up for one or the other of those two options. Many people do not understand this. They think they are signed up for an option whereby if a homicidal lunatic shows up in their life with intent to do them mortal harm, then, they will dial 911, the police will show up in time and everything will be okay. In fact, this option is not on the list.
The police have no duty to protect any specific individual. They have no legal responsibility to protect any one specific person from criminal harm. This is a difficult concept to teach people. They do not believe it, they get upset if you try to explain it, but it is true. The courts have upheld this principle again and again at every level of government all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Under our system of jurisprudence, the individual is responsible for his or her own personal security. Unfortunately, whole segments of our society including all components of our educational system have signed up for personal security option #2) Dial 911 and Die.
If one wishes to sign up for personal security option #1 what does one do? Is the answer to furnish oneself with the least effective weaponry available? Or is the best choice to furnish oneself with the most effective weaponry one can afford? As of the present, this is still the individualís call.