Growing up I was around guns a lot never thought anything of it. Now living in Japan where there are hardly any guns, I think they're a bad idea overall. It seems guns have a tendency to kill people and not always the right people. Also too many stupid people are attracted to them. Look at New Orleans, rescue workers needing to carry assualt rifles.
In the asian tsumami, I didn't hear of any stories of anyone getting hurt, shot at, or anything.
I understand the reality in the US for individuals and the choice to have a gun. But I think they make the US more dangerous overall.
Our self protection is basically zero, we sleep with the front door unlocked.