Great scene in the pirate series Black Sails where the pirate captain explains the raising of the black is a very subtle psychological game and you don't want to panic the prey and induce either fight, or flight. Most criminals usually have no desire for trouble and simply want the loot, but it gets complicated when the criminals are also users of drugs and are probably worse at weapons safety than the average homeowner (gun stuffed in waistband and one in the chamber).Apologies.
I agree - and people I think only feel unsafe because it suits the needs of those perpetuating the myth that they are. The myth that women are constantly at danger of rape or death at the hands of men is one that I despise, to the point where I feel uneasy walking in the vicinity of any woman on her own - she may feel unsafe due to this myth and I would hate to contribute to such a feeling despite knowing I have before ran towards a woman in danger putting my own life at risk (Perhaps this is one for the snowflake thread, or the one about that poor woman murdered and the subsequent backlash).
These myths are perpetuated - and you might remember that you cannot (except in very rare circumstances where a PPW is licenced) possess a firearm for self-defence in the UK, nor have anything on your person or in your home for such a purpose. If you use your 4 D Cell maglite to stove in the brain of an intruder (that you keep by your bed for electricity failures) or run him through with your purely decorative wall-hanger then well and good...
(last para about self-defence - IIRC)
Chauvin and his colleagues were guilty of inducing panic in the criminal and that probably killed Floyd(stress inducing cardiac arrest). But in America, the odds of the criminal having a gun makes the threat very real and even the crowd in the case of Chauvin is theoretically a threat. I would imagine if we both lived in the states, that decorative wall hanger would be a Remington Shotgun and an unloaded pistol handy.