Also, if we decided that everyone should carry a gun for protection, you'd have people like me with a gun. And said gun would pretty much be forced on those people.
No one is remotely arguing to force people to own guns. There is a middle ground between not allowing firearms and requiring them.
I don't care for guns. Nothing you can say and no statistics you can show me will change that. There aren't enough gun classes in the world that will change that, either. I would hurt myself or others, I just know it. I'm old and set in my ways. I don't want to carry a gun to feel safe. I want assault rifles in the hands of the military. THAT would make me feel safer.
How about knowing that there are people who are law abiding and do know how to handle guns safely who are carrying them on the street around you, so that should something happen neither you nor most of the population has to know how to or be comfortable handling guns, but will still be protected by the 5% or so who do and are. It's strange to me that you're comfortable with the military being armed, but not with your fellow law abiding citizens (most of whom btw are military or police, or former members thereof).
I don't want guns banned. I think that's silly. But it's also silly that such a deadly thing isn't regulated more. NO PRIVATE CITIZEN needs an assault rifle.
It's currently illegal (absent ridiculous licensing requirements) for a private citizen to own an assault rifle in the US. So you're safe! Yay!
What's funny is just how often the exact sort of statement is made. It seems quite reasonable, right? Thus, it seems quite unreasonable to oppose it. But the gun control advocates play with the phrases "assault rifle" and assault weapon" in order to make their unreasonable proposals seem perfectly reasonable. They do want to ban all guns. Period. They will lie, cheat, steal, and do whatever else they need to do to accomplish that. If making you think that we haven't banned "assault rifles" helps them pass laws that ban things which aren't assault rifles, they'll do it.
Look at the actual proposals, not the language used to describe them. It's often quite eye opening.