Taken together with your anti-gun declaration
(which I deemed to be not especially masculine)
just when i thought i'd heard all of daves pro gun rhetoric
No guns no balls.
Essential part of the gun nut mindset, I believe.
Perhaps a better way to put it
is that cowering, or begging for mercy is not particularly masculine.
Man rose to the top of the food chain by the logical use of tools.
The optimal tools for self defense are guns.
In fairness, I shoud acknowledge that women and girls have also successfully defended themselves
from the predatory violence of man and of beasts (cougars, etc.) I made a point of training my mother
in the defensive use of guns.
About 100 years ago, while riding on a railroad train, my mother's sister was violently attacked
with attempted defenestration. My mother (unarmed
) defended her and suffered very severe permanent personal injuries.
Regardless of gender, we all share the equal right, & natural right to defend ourselves from violent malice.