I got mine for the, "I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it." To me its about survival, and knowing you can protect yourself and your family. I'd want one wherever I lived, since more and more people don't fight fair, no matter the country.
I totally feel you there. With the economy in the crapper where I live the amount of B&E cases has almost tripled, throw in that the ridiculous amounts of violent assaults, and a serial/killer stabber last month. It was beyond time to go and get a pistol. I'll be damned before I end up pleading for my life as some scumbag takes what has taken me years to buy.