Pistols, in the 19th Century, were called “equalizers” because they made the tiniest woman equal to the biggest man. I’m not even going to say I’m a believer, because I don’t “believe” it’s true, no more than I believe 2+2=4. It just is true.
I have known three women who were murdered. I did not know them personally. One was strangled by a serial killer about a week after I left my job and she was hired. She was a small young woman, and for that matter, the guy who killed her wasn’t that big. I could have taken him, which is why these guys kill the weaker, such as women.
In fact, when the police came to the serial killer's house, merely to question him, he hid behind his wife. He no longer lives with his wife, since he's spending his life in prison. His name is Dale R. Anderson, in case you're interested.
The other two women were sisters, and I did meet their mother. They were raped and thrown off of a bridge by four teenagers. They were, I believe, 19 and 20.
So far, only one of the murderers has been executed, and to his dying breath he claimed he was innocent. He wasn't.
In each case, if these women would have had a pistol, or even a knife, they would have survived. Even a two-shot, .22 derringer would have saved their lives, just with the threat of it, if nothing else.
I once wrote an article about the two sisters, and made a silent bet with myself that at least one imbecile would tell me young people should not carry guns. I responded, “So you’re saying it’s okay that these women were raped and murdered, then?” and got no response.
I am reminded of the classical definition of a liberal: someone who would rather see a woman raped and strangled with her own panty-house rather than defend herself with a handgun.
I think it should be a law that everyone has to carry a concealed handgun. Sure, there would be an adjustment period in which those genetically and character-deficient were eliminated, but in the long-run (meaning a few weeks) society would be much more peaceful.