There's a certain sense of calm having a firearm nearby elicits, and I think Thomas Jefferson was right when he opined in a letter to his young nephew:
"As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks."
I honestly couldn't say it better myself. I live in mountain lion, bear and moose country. As such, I have a very slim chance of encounter with these animals in the wild, and an even slimmer chance of being attacked. But I like to stack the odds in my favor if something of that nature were ever to occur.
I've been researching mountain lion attacks in the U.S. and will be providing my opinion on the subject in a future post.