Re: @AC: 11:09 (was: The wife's primary pistol of choice ...)
Given that it was your stupid crack about we Brits being emasculated that started the mini-flamewar, it ill becomes you to take on a so-called "patient mode".
Guns are indeed just tools. Their primary purpose is to kill or maim. Strangely enough, that's why, in this country, most civilized people do NOT carry them. Even the criminals don't normally carry them - they don't feel they need to, either.
And as a result, we have MASSIVELY fewer people killed with guns, either by accident or design.
If that means, in your eyes, we have a "weakened society" - well, I'd argue with your label, but I am very happy with the society.