You're right the world has gotten a lot uglier and there are bad people out there. All the more reason to have the ability to defend yourself. Why are you ignoring my reply to you? You have never been a victim before have you?
That's a bit of a slippery slope though, don't you think? At what point does does someone need a bigger, and better gun to protect themselves? It's kind of like fighting fire with fire, at what point do you have an inferno going?