One of the more amusing – and vacuous – arguments put forward by "gun control" supporters (aka anti-rights cultists) on a frighteningly frequent basis is that they are only attempting to abridge, infringe upon, and limit Constitutionally-protected rights "for your own safety". The flippant response to such a comment would be to point out that the exact same sentiments have been the motivating factors for the creation of the TSA… and the imprisonment and murder of Jews in concentration camps, but I believe a far better response are the words of Helen Keller, a true "progressive" of her time:
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Unless you have the megabucks to squander on around-the-clock, multi-layered bodyguarding and health monitoring, a veritable fortress of a home, and Lord lone knows what else, you will never truly be "safe"… and even then, you probably will not be either – given a person sufficiently motivated, or an event sufficiently random, your life and health could very well be in danger.
Likewise, no amount of legislation, laws, or bills will squelch human stupidity, control human emotions, or dampen our baser, animalistic reflexes or desires – all of that is dependent upon the individual, and to believe otherwise is to reject reality as a whole.
And lest you take my thinking too far in the other direction, I do not, under any circumstances, think that my owning or even carrying a firearm makes me "safe" or "secure". I do know that it gives me more options to deal with certain types of situations than I would have otherwise; however, it is only through my actions that I am able to employ the tools available to me to protect me and mine from the threats that are out there.
The world is an unsafe, dangerous place, and while there are certainly ways of mitigating those risks, until such time as you remove Mother Nature and all predators (including humans) from the equation, "safety" is scant more than an illusion used to comfort children, and, sadly, no law will ever change that, least of all a law that in any way mitigates a person’s individual right to self-defense.
(This, of course, does not even touch on the fact that there is no verifiable data indicating that "gun control" results in a safer world, and, in truth, all data indicates that such a hypothesis is false.)
(Courtesy of The Art of Manliness.)