Here is my two cents.
Have you ever seen one of those old samauri movies where everyone flies and carries swords or staffs...Imagine that in your town or city.
You carry a stick. I get a bigger better stick. You carry a stick with a nail in it. I get a stick with a knife tied to one end. You throw away your stick and carry a bow and arrow, I get a better bow and arrow. You carry a gun. I get body armor and a better gun with laser sights. You carry a phaser. I get a disruptor. You carry a nuke. I put nukes in rockets.
Where does it end? With every hoodlum and inexperienced civilian carrying some sort of dangerous wepon?
Reminds me of an old comedy song about this cowboy that was the 132nd fastest gun in the old west. He spent his time looking for #133
I learned a new saying last year that I really like that applies here. It is better to ask forgiveness than permission. I often carry many different types of personal protection not necessarily legal. But I am safer with them than without them.