A weapon in the hands of someone who is cautious or prepared while knowing how to use it accurately is not dangerous. It's the intention of the perosn weilding the weapon. I don't like that we need weapons in our society any more than, I'm sure, you do. But it's sheer foolery in our day and age not to realise anything anywhere can happen, especially as there are so many poor psychotic or grieved people in the world, regardless the circumstances leading up to their psychotic behaviour (people are normally to blame for that...).
I wouldn't have a gun as a weapon probably because I'd fear of not thinking it through in the moment or finding another way out. I think I'd like to learn eventually, in case I must in a moment. Say, I get the gun away from someone but what then? If the person deems me ignorant on how to cock it and feels I'm too scared to pull the trigger...all for naught...Knives, I'm all for, but don't carry b/c I might just forget it in my purse if, let's say, I'm getting onto a plane...Oiii!
I think the main point is being prepared for anything. You figure the best way out, distract and let others escape if they can't do anything or are too young etc. Distract and gang up with others to overpower someone. Or just run if you can have no control of the situation at all--
I don't want to die at the hands of someone else but I've had to defend myself and I will fight. And I have. I've fought to protect not only myself but people close to me. Physically while it was happening and through the help of authoritiy figures afterwards. There is nothing brave about dying because you don't want to harm the other person. It's just sad doing so.