You also overlook the genuine need for self-defense in rural areas in which the police can’t get to your property in any helpful time, as well as in cities with terrible police departments and high crime rates like Detroit.
That’s covered under fantasy scenarios.
That’s not a fantasy scenario. So people that live over an hour from the nearest police station or in a place like Detroit where the police response time is almost an hour are just fucked?
It is absolutely a fantasy scenario. They are slightly more fucked with a gun than without one, but they get one anyway because the scenario where they are the big hero defending their family gives them a happy, and the scenario where that gun is ultimately used against their family doesn’t even register (although it’s approximately forty times more likely–via suicide, domestic violence, accident, criminal). And that’s not even taking into consideration that criminals are more likely to burglarize a home if they know there are guns in it due to the high resale value/easy transportation of the guns (the sign may look like it says “Protected by Smith & Wesson”, but it really says “Easily-fenced valuables inside”). Now, both scenarios are “lightning strike” rarities–for the most part, guns purchased exclusively for self-defense serve as teddy bears to help people sleep better and don’t ever actually do anything at all. But if you buy a gun to protect your family, you either didn’t consider the odds very realistically, or you don’t like your family very much.
EDIT: To make the picture less bleak, you’re not without options. It’s just that buying a gun is a stupid option. You live in a democracy, you can lobby city hall, your county council and work to get better police protection for you and your neighbors. But it’s a lot less fun, and more work, to be Mr. Smith Goes to Washington than it is to be Dirty Harry.