Number 1: I'm into guns, much the same way I'm into cars. If you've ever seen my Car Thread you know I'm really into cars. Like obsessively.
I'm into guns in the same way, but feel much less comfortable discussing that passion on Typo-c because if I did, I would be asked to justify why I own a gun (which I don't need to by the way, you have to justify taking it away from me) every other post.
I'd love to do a range report after I buy the Heckler and Koch (P30L or USP 9) I've had my eye on and share some of that passion with you guys. And I probably will now that I've started this thread.
Number 2: Even in a world where criminals can't get guns they can gang up on you, or use any number of nasty implements to harm you. Now I did MMA for a while, and I'm not a small man, but I'm not so arrogant as to assume I'm gonna be able to go all bruce lee super ninja when three guys stick me up with lead pipes. Even with a knife thats still a lose lose for me. Yea I might (maybe) be able to do serious damage to two of them, but even in a best case scenario the third guy gets me.
With a gun and proper training, which I strongly (emphatically) recommend anyone considering carrying or owning a firearm receive, those three guys' chances of besting me go down precipitously. And that goes for anyone.
Without guns, whoever's the most athletic, largest, with the best training (or most buddies helping him) wins. That stops being the case when concealed carry or open carry are introduced.
We don't live in that hypothetical world where criminals can't find guns. And with 300 million + guns in the country, even if you stopped all legal gun purchases today the extant supply would fuel the black markets for the next 100 years at least. And you can't convince me that any effort to come take everyone's guns would end well. It's politically impossible, and you would end up with many dead agents and civilians before you got half way through rounding them all up.
In a world where the government can't guarantee my safety, it's my right as a human being to be able to defend myself on equal footing to any threat that might present itself.