And when exactly have any of us ever said that we'd use a gun as our first defence against any threat? Only a fool resorts to violence if they don't have to.
But guns imply violence, don't they? "The willingness and ability to protect myself" is good diplomacy, but when someone sees or knows that you are carrying a firearm, they know that you represent a physical threat. All ability to compromise on a normal level is forfeit. My stepfather always told me, "If you pull a gun on someone, you better be ready to shoot them, because otherwise, when they come down from being scared and pissing in their pants, they're gonna get really pissed and want to kill you." It applies here as well. If there is no problem, why introduce new variables that could cause new ones. If you don't have to resort to violence, then there is no need to have a gun there in the first place.
Pope Arhat Al-Hazred Mateed XXIII