I’m a “little old lady” and have bought and sold all kinds of goods on Craigslist and other sites for a decade without ever remotely feeling the need to arm myself. And I have traveled in the backcountry all around the US and Canada for over 50 years without needing to be armed. No, I am not naive (have had a gun pointed at me during robberies at places I worked) nor am I afraid of handling firearms – in fact I have training and am a dead shot.
But I feel no need to own any guns, and am very aware that owning a firearm immensely increases anyone’s chances of themselves or a family member being shot. Anyone who thinks owning and carrying a gun INCREASES their personal safety is deluding themselves – the statistics overwhelmingly prove otherwise. You are far more likely to be shot if you own and carry a firearm than if you do not (often with your own weapon). That is not “liberal lies”, it’s statistical reality from multiple non-political sources. I will not allow anyone in my home carrying a weapon nor allow anyone to carry on any trip I lead. That is just simple and basic safety hygiene.
If it makes you feel “secure” to carry, bless you. But understand that it’s a psychological crutch, not a reality based decision.
As to history, it is fascist and right-wing regimes that have historically disarmed their populations involuntarily, not liberal ones (populations that decide by consensus to restrict firearm ownership and usage voluntarily are generally enlightened democracies.). There IS a difference between “leftist” and “liberal”, by the way. Good article on that in the latest issue of Atlantic Monthly if you want a good explanation of that difference.
I do, however, when I am feeling devilish, send a fake name and address to the scammers who offer to send “cashiers checks” just to get them to waste their time and postage. I figure if enough of us scam them back they may get tired of the game.