I play my my own rules too, and I do my best to avoid trouble, while being prepared for trouble at the same time. Does this make sense to you?
I have an assortment of kitchen utensils, but this is my home protection slotted wooden spoon, it stays in the house, but sometimes travels with me - you never know...
The funny things is that my slotted wooden spoon keeps me just as safe as your gun keeps you... but I can leave my little toy out and not worry that my kids will find it... and I can use it to make fettuccine (which is more than your little toy can do).
But to each his own. If your toy makes you feel like more of a man, then by all means it is your right.