Everyone wants to save the damsel in distress. Everyone wants to slay the dragon. Everyone wants to be the one to save the world from a great evil. This desire can be seen in our movies. It can be seen in our books. And it can be seen in our gun culture.
I have a gun in my house so I can protect my family. I carry a gun with me to protect myself from killers. I will be able to use this gun to stop that mall shooter. These are all the thoughts of an individual living out a Dungeons and Dragons fantasy. Every single one of those scenarios only has a slightly greater chance of happening than you having the opportunity to slay a dragon.
That stranger in your house is not there to kill you. That person robbing you on the street does not want to kill you. You will never see a mall shooter. Statistically speaking, those statements are all true. If you confront and kill a burglar, chances are you’re killing someone who had no intention of killing you. If you confront and kill a mugger, chances are you’re killing someone who had no intention of killing you. You will never see a mall shooter.
It isn’t that you shouldn’t have these fantasies. They are good fantasies to have. I have them too. It’s fun to imagine saving the day, protecting your family, routing evil. But please, for the love of all that is good in this world, please recognize them for what they are. And that’s fantasies! Using these scenarios to justify owning a gun just shows you as a person who can’t escape from their fantasies. And that makes you much more dangerous than the pretend person who is going to kill you.