I used to think ignorantly, like you. No offense, really, no offense.
But, when Hurricane Katrina blew through Louisiana and people began looting, destroying public and private property while causing mass mayhem, the government did not step in to help the victims who were robbed and raped and who's survival supplies were stolen from them. The Asian community stood, armed on their rooftops for THREE days, defending their families and their community and their businesses from looters until police enforcement came to their aid. People who were sent to the stadiums were victimized and raped. It was a huge cluster of mass mayhem without government help.
I used to be anti gun. I thought only mean and dangerous people used weapons. I was wrong, very wrong. It was then that I realized I am not special and no one is going to come and protect me in the event of an extreme emergency, so if I want to survive and protect my family and my survival resources, I have to defend them MYSELF. So, I got my head out of the sand and I faced my fears and I learned how to safely handle, clean and store a gun. I learned how to shoot a gun and received my license to carry a weapon. Although I never take it out of the house other than for target practice, I have a gun to protect me when no one else will. Thank you NRA, thank you.
EDIT: I will add that I am not afraid to use my gun if someone breaks into my house. I have learned not to point my gun at anything I am not willing to shoot. When the police ask why there is evidence of blood drag marks to where the criminal was found on my vinyl bathroom floor, I will not hesitate to state that I did not want his filthy blood to seep between my beautiful wood floor boards and stain my floor!!
EDIT: oh, I am sorry, I failed to answer your question directly: Why do I need a gun to feel safe? I don't need a gun to feel safe. I feel like I need a gun to protect myself if need be. A gun does not make me feel safe.