1. "Handguns won't make you any safer" and books won't make you any smarter. It's still up to
you to use a tool effectively.
Knowing how to use a handgun makes you safer and knowing how to use books makes you smarter.
If you doubt that, talk with 840,000 sworn law enforcement officers who daily use handguns as their primary tool of choice for self-defense.
Their use is a privilege granted by government, not a natural, inherent, inalienable/unalienable right possessed by law-abiding citizens as sovereign entities before they accepted the social contracts we honor as state constitutions and the Constitution.