1) Criminals are never going to follow their fond wishes,
2) Officers of government are most often not going to be there for them in a crisis,
3) We the People are the government in America, the sovereign, and the sovereign must possess the physical means to protect their people and their country from all enemies, foreign or domestic.
When a conservative sees a firearm he sees a primary implement of liberty, one that can be misused by evil men, of course, but that is, nonetheless, an indispensable tool, because this is a fallen world which contains many evil men, men who will only be restrained by the will and force of good men who are armed."
-- Tom Hoefling, December 15, 2012