While there IS safety in numbers...
Perhaps gunowners should be likened to herding "cats" as opposed to lapdogs.
Very Independently minded and armed, you get a crowd of them together and there will be some major dissent amongst them almost each and every time, up to and including much caterwauling and possibly flashing claws and fangs as they turn on each other.
Definitely NOT a hive minded crowd.
Certainly as a group, a thousand "cats" should best be left alone less they coalesce into the true fury they can muster, which would and will of course upset the lapdogs watching the display. Not to mention the guard dogs standing around ready to "control" them for their masters.
But I could be wrong.
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington, January 8, 1790, First State of the Union Address