I remember a quote from somewhere, where a woman asked a LEO why he carried a .45. His response was "Because they don't make a 46." Not sure if it's true or not, but it captures the essence of it for me.
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” ― Samuel Adams