“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” - J.R.R. Tolkien
Anti-gun folks either don't understand this concept, or don't care. Or perhaps the idea of an individual defending, by force, something they cherish, is completely and utterly foreign to them because they view government force as the only legitimate means of force.