The question is not: would the world be a better place if there were no guns? The question is, would the world be a better place if criminals have guns, but I, and other law-abiding people, don’t?
Thus asks John Hinderaker at Powerline in discussion of “the inspiring story of a pizza delivery woman who defended herself against a would-be carjacker” because she carried a gun (against company policy).
That is not the question.
The question is, would my family and I be better off if I have a gun?
Note that I didn’t ask about “the world”– there’s little I can do about The World, nor did I ask about you and your family– they are your business. My family and I are better off owning guns.
I do a lot for my family, and I’m not talking about tasks a robot can do. I make my family smile and laugh in a way no one else in The World can. Not to sound all full of myself but to those I love, I am irreplaceable.
Therefore, I carry a gun.