The only horrors resulting from gun ownership is the ILLEGAL ownership and criminal use of them. And that's the reason so many US citizens MUST LEGALLY own them - to protect themselves and loved ones against ILLEGAL users. The rule of the social jungle today is that you must have equal or larger defensive power to protect yourself against the evils of this world - in other words "survival of the most powerful." If you can't see that, you're a pacifist just waiting to be violated. If you believe anything other than the way the jungle actually is, you have been severely misled by an anti-gun media and anti-gun groups who regularly lie, misinterpret statistics for their own selfish gain, and push a Liberal agenda. If you think the police will be able to help you in a violent attack, calculate that an attack takes less than one minute and it would take more than 5 minutes for the fastest police response. You could be dead for 4 minutes before they get there.
My brother saved himself and his retail employee from an armed robbery by having a legally-carried licensed handgun to take down a prison inmate who had only been out for 3 months. A shopping mall near me was shot up by a gang and one guy in the parking lot was killed on Christmas Eve. My wife and I had planned on going there during that time but decided against going because of street traffic. Don't think I wouldn't have used my concealed weapon to save us and take out the shooter(s) if possible. If more citizens had the guts to carry concealed the rate of violent crime in this country would drop more than 75%.
We are surrounded with scores of sociopaths who feel no guilt when committing violent crimes, including murder, so we MUST carry protective lethal weapons or remain gullible willing victims. Every state with concealed carry licensing has seen a 25% or more drop in violent crime since beginning their concealed carry programs. Today only Illinois is stupidly holding out and forcing their citizens to remain walking pigeons just waiting to be raped, robbed, carjacked, and killed.