There is a minority of the Gun-Control-Freak community that like to run their mouths making bizarre insinuations that we gun nuts...er, gun owners collectively suffer from a perverted sexual fetish where we treat our firearms as some divine phallic symbol needing our devout attention. I dismiss this juvenile musing on their part as more a case of mental projection and an intentional attempt at character assassination rather than an objective summation based on empirical analysis and so I won't even dignify it with a response (Oh, wait. I just did. Oops...).
The larger majority of that particularly disagreeable bunch like to announce to the world that we gun owners are, by our ownership and bearing of and our practicing with firearms and other weapons, working from a state of fear (check the comments to this article). To this I heartily reply, "Yeah, so what?"
Fear is one of our basest emotions derived from our basic survival instincts and it drives us into the whole range of behaviors that humans engage in. Fear of starvation drives us to work for our food. Fear of death from exposure to the extremes of our environment drives us to build shelters. And fear of other creatures coming to take everything away from us drives us to build and collect weapons to use to fight back and keep what is ours.
But we gun owners are not cowards. Yes, we are cognizant of the possibility that some dangerous criminal will attempt to cause us harm or take our property by the use of force, up to and including deadly force. We prepare ourselves to deal with this problem on an individual basis, both on our side and that of the perpetrator's. We will deal with them as they come and present themselves to us and pass what "line" we may "draw in the sand" and not engage in a blanket punishment of a group of our fellow human beings just because we are fearful that they might do something.
The Gun-Control-Freaks are also working from fear in that they are afraid of what we gun owners might do, not what we actually will do or have intent to do or are attempting to do, to them or innocent third parties. But instead of grabbing their own torches and pitchforks and coming for us gun owners on their own and under their own authority (which might be a foolish move; one doesn't bring a torch or a pitchfork to a gunfight), they clamor for the ear of Caesar to use his sword to disarm us or kill us if we resist his forces against us (sometimes it's hard to determine which would be the preferable outcome for some of these Gun-Control-Freaks).
So when the Gun-Control-Freaks starting throwing insults about how we gun owners are a bunch of cowards, let them know that they are the true "cowards" because they won't take care of their own problems by themselves but instead depend on others to take care of them. They should also be informed that Caesar is the real threat they need to be fearful of. We mice prepping ourselves to deal with the occasional cat are not as much of a threat to anyone's liberty as Caesar's "dogs of war," which are prepping to bite everyone on their backside...