Nobody wants to get into a gun fight, even if victory is assured. De-escalation of conflict is taught and practiced almost religiously. The number of homicides outside of drug-related gang warfare is essentially statistical noise besides the massive number of guns and gun owners in America.
Anti-gun people seldom appreciate how reluctant most gun owners are to use deadly force. The same people often do not understand why things they do deserve a forceful response. For example, one asked me if I’d shoot him just for slugging me in the face. I said that I would, which he felt was unreasonable and unfair. Asked if he would avoid such an outcome just by not attacking people, he said: “But what if I get angry!?”
That, in my humble opinion, is crazy. It’s the talk of a violent, entitled narcissist. And I see nothing wrong with the evolutionary pressures being stacked against such attitudes in the long run.
It used to be that fairy tale princess had to count on a knight or a friendly supernatural creature to ward off trouble. Today’s princess — or wench — can have a handholdable dragon that knows more tricks than just breathing fire. That’s hard on the goblins — as it should be!