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.
Youth rebels, age conserves; between them, they advance. The Marines will cease to win battles the moment either camp achieves ascendancy. – Robert Leckie, Helmet for my Pillow