I am 55 and a Marine Corps brat. I grew up with a 1911 in my hand. That does not mean it was a toy to me, my dad taught me to think of it as a serious deadly tool and it is only as good as the person using it and weapons of any kind need to be treated with respect and a little fear almost like they could jump out of your hand and hurt someone.
“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”