Who are we defending against?
I feel it's a valid question.
Everyone has their own life experience t go by, and things may differ according to where you are, what you're doing, and most of all, who you are.
The gun magazines and the gun industry in general pushes an agenda of sales that has a lot of people thinking they need a Glock 17 and at least two spare rounds of ammo to go tot he store for a quart of milk. I understand about sales, and economics. Buthgow much gun does the Joe Average citizen need while going about his day to day life?
I didn't grow up in a farm or ranch community, and to e Mayberry is a fictional place in a TV show. my childhood was spent in a place where our playground was a back alley. I never had a father, and my mother was a single working mom who did what was needed to pay the rent and put food on the table. As an adolescent, I helped and we had a bit of gang from our run down apartment building in a not nice part of D.C. If our backs were to the wall at the end of the month, we'd get money any way we could.
Violence was common on the street, and by the time I was a teen, Had seen a few shootings and a few knifings. That was life in a ghetto. It happens. People had guns to protect themselves, and if push came to shove, they'd use them. Of course right afterward, they'd dump the gun in the river and lay low, and after a few weeks go see the gun guy again at night and get another 'cool' piece. Mostly .22 or .25 caliber in a small pocket size gun.
Of the five shootings I saw, none were done with anything over .25acp. Mostly a mixed bag of cheap RG revolvers in .22lr, and Galesi, Erma and other cheap .25's. Nobody I saw get shot and hit in the body was doing the Walter Houston jig after getting shot with a small gun. Any bullet in the body core all seemed to the the victim down to the pavement.
The type of criminal you run into on the street is not of a high caliber. Street pus who are big chicken s--ts by nature and usually run at the first sign the would be victim is armed and is going to fight back. Devout cowards, they don't want to get shot by anything. They know any bullet penetrating the human body is bad news. If it doesn't kill you on the spot, then you need a hospital, and that means cops. Bad Ju-ju. Very bad ju-ju.
I don't think most citizens will be doing anything to antagonize a Mexican drug cartel, or the local chapter of a ****'s Angles club. The run of the mill citizen going home from work, picking the dry cleaning, picking up some Chinese carry out for dinner, only runs the fish of the target of opportunity street slide. The human vultures looking for an easy meal. If they have a gun at all it will be by chance. The favorite weapon of muggrs is a knife, and a cheap one at that, that can be tossed down a sewer fast once they are away from the crime scene. Usually a cheap paring knife, or gas station serrated edge tactical wonder. If a gun, they may not even have a full load of ammo on board the stolen gun that hasn't been cleaned or maintained in any way since it was stolen in a burglary. An amazing amount of street robberies are strong arm robberies. The fact is, if a victim is picked carefully, theres no weapon needed. A sudden sucker punch and they roll the semi conscious victim with a few kicks in the head for yuks.
Most crimes like muggings, car jackings, sexual assaults, take place at a few feet range, 5 yards is actually a long range shoot on the street. Its all going to be over in a few seconds, at a few feet, with a few shots.
I recently talked to tot he counter guy at the local Academy Sports, and they have a problem keeping the Ruger LCP, LCP2, S&W .380 bodyguard, Glock 42 and 43, and the little SIG .380 in stock. The hands down seller is the regular LCP at 199.00. Price has some to do with it, but I think a lot of people want small for easy carry.
Seeing how its all going to be over in a few shots, that makes sense.
Don't over do it, just enough will do.