Gun rights people often talk about being prepared. When questioned about their decision to own and carry guns, they love to fall back on the seemingly wise mantra, it's better to have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it. But why don't they wear ballistic underwear Or, tourniquet pants?
Well, they certainly would if they truly wanted to be prepared for that extremely rare possibility of finding themselves in a gunfight. But that's not it at all. The reason they don't generally go in for these things is because, unlike guns, they don't pack the same punch where the ego is concerned. Guns feed into the fantasy of actively carrying out violence against a perceived threat. Guns make weak men feel powerful. Firing a gun in practice provides an exhilirating rush that's just lacking in the more passive and less glamorous defensive accoutrements. Possessing a gun, and especially carrying one, provides a subconscious stimulation knowing that at any moment you could be just like Tom Cruise in "Collateral" or Liam Neesen in "Taken."