LET ME MAKE IT SIMPLE, very few people will engage hand to hand , the hand gun allows anyone who get the drop on you to have their way.
the had gun is unique because most other hand weapons require close interaction and some level of strength and skill. if you come at me with a stick, knife,etc. i can engage you and or run away, if you are 2 feet from me pointing a glock with a big clip at me there is nothing i can do.
talk to any combat trainer if you dont believe me.
I think we are being played by the arms industry. A mentality of fear and violence makes them richer by the day. The NRA is full of members who have been convinced those of us "non-members" are out to take their guns and freedom away from them. I live in an area of enormous poverty and some people hunt to eat. Even as a vegetarian I would defend their right to do so.
But I will not defend anyone's right to carry a gun to use on others for any reason other than the protection of life and castle. That is why we have trained police officers and enforcement agencies. That is why we are a nation of laws.
We supposedly learned that lesson back in the 1800s. Lots of innocent people were killed and maimed when everyone carried a gun and it was acceptable to use violence to settle disputes.
So, no, I don't think we have consensus here:O)