Originally Posted by celegorm
What isn't logical about wanting to defend one's self and loved ones? There was nothing emotional driving the people in Detroit who used them successfully in the last year to defend themselves
To me, that's like saying that wearing seat-belts in a car is based mostly on emotions rather than a logical thought process.
If there was a large probability that a gun would be needed to defend oneself and loved ones then yes, it would make logical sense. However, the fact that the need to defend oneself or family is so rare an event is what makes it illogical to go out and buy a gun for that reason.
You feel that having a gun for defense and wearing seat belts in a car are the same thing. However, the odds are FAR, FAR greater that you will be involved in a car accident in your lifetime while the odds that you will need to defend yourself with a gun are extremely rare. That's what makes one of the decisions logical while the other is purely emotional.
Someone living in Detroit may have a valid reason for owning a gun for self-defense since crime is extremely high there but for most Americans that is simply not the case.
I'd bet that just about everyone on this forum knows someone (perhaps themselves) who have been in a serious car accident yet few on this board know anyone that needed to use a gun in self-defense.