Originally Posted by 741512th
I simply have a rational assessment of the risk. The argument that I don't value my life because I don't carry a gun at all times is specious.
I also happen to think your life is worth something despite a minor disagreement. If you're that worried about your safety, you should wear a helmet at all times. You are far more likely to slip and fall than be attacked by an armed assailant.
Do you wear your seat belt? Do you run with scissors? I ask because, more than likely, nothing will happen if you ignore these precautions. The argument that I will probably never need to protect myself or my loved ones doesn't cut it with me. I also carry a pocket knife. I don't need to use it every day, but I'm damn glad I have it when I do.
So, no, it's not specious to imply that you don't value your life. You have every right (Unless you live in one of our brain-damaged states, that is.) to arm yourself. If you don't, then you are implicitly saying that your life is not worth protecting.