By contrast, the men and women of my acquaintance who are in favour of firearms, and of weapons in general, understand that their safety is their responsibility, and theirs alone. After all, when shit goes down, the only person you can truly rely upon, every single time, is yourself- and if you don't understand that your physical well-being is one of the very few things in this world that you can actually control, then you're going to be in real trouble when the inevitable happens.
Ultimately the argument over guns is really an argument over personal responsibility. Liberals don't hate guns- they hate the idea of you and me owning them. They hate that idea because it pushes responsibility away from government and back down to the individual- which makes the individual far harder to control, therefore far more difficult to mold into the "ideal man" that the entire progressive philosophy is dedicated to creating.
The problem with that philosophy has always been apparent: perfection is impossible because Mankind is Fallen. We are all of us flawed and broken creations that nonetheless have the chance to return, via tremendous personal effort and spiritual sacrifice, to a loving and just Creator. We cannot become as gods; we can only attempt to return to God.
But to do so, we have to embrace the pain and the responsibilities that come with the joys of freedom.
The liberal psychology is not well suited to handling pain- it actively shies away from such a thing. Is it any wonder, then, that liberals have a difficult time accepting the right to, and the concomitant burden of, self-defence?