Because having one could be the difference between surviving and not.
In DC, you can buy an illegal handgun in 5 minutes on the street or spend months and hundreds of dollars just to get the permit for a legal purchase.
Wonder which method most DC folks are using?
How Emily got her gun:http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/guns/2012/feb/8/miller-emily-got-her-gun/
Seems like a lot to go through to exercise your Second Amendment rights?
Just found it interesting.
I had to take a $60 3 hour course and pay $50 for a CCW permit which includes the side benefit of a being a "permit" to purchase handguns. There are other ways to legally buy a handgun but I wanted the CCW anyway. Open carry is legal here, except in some cities.
Somehow, adding conditions, fees and licensing just seems a bit much to exercise a "right".
Just my morning rambling thoughts.