I don't know drail, did Cooper have a word for fear of being shot as well as a fear of weapons? In my mind, the two are mutually exclusive. I make a distinction between being afraid of an inanimate object and having someone pointing a handgun at me with the intent to use it.
You can see graveyards and tomb stones down in the dark depths of a large caliber handgun's barrel. When someone who means business is pointing it at you. Maybe that ups the fear factor too, who's holding that 'intimidating' weapon.
I know for certain that I'd never want to depend solely on fear to stop someone though. There are people in this world that can't be intimidated.
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."- Thomas Jefferson