I only fly fish for catch and release so, thus far anyway, I have not had need of a firearm... I grew up in the firearms industry. And I have been a victim of firearms violence. So I see the whole gun ownership from several differant angles. Firstly; gun laws don't work as well as they would have you think they do. Secondly; a gun is only a tool. It's your state of mind and skill as a shooter that are most important. A proper state of mind will keep you out of most avoidable situations. Especially if you are armed. Good shooting skills will prevent a bad situation from becoming worse. I wish the world were not so dangerous a place, but the truth is that it is. Carrying a firearm in society is a terrible responsibility and I am afraid that most people who do carry are not prepared for the full consequences of that. Caliber won't matter if you arent traing with the thing on a regular basis. Most combat shoot-outs are within 20 feet of distance and are over very, very quickly. The risk to innocent bystanders is extroadinary. That takes a kind of cool that you can only achieve through diligent and consistent effort. And you need a good coach to get it right. All this flippant talk of violence and killing: If you ever do have to shoot someone, and you do kill them- it will change your life forever. You might not be able to handle those changes very well. Think hard about that. I think that a firearm should be your absolute last resort of action, not a margin for error. Of course I do support people's right to defend themselves and each other from unwarranted attacks of any kind. And sometimes a person just has to do what they have to do. I just feel that a great deal of humble consideration must be given to the cost.