The Left wants you to defend yourself with anything but a firearm. Jay provides list and linkage.
A firearm is a tool. Yes, it can be used for “bad” things. Yes, it can be used for “good” things. In the end, what matters is intent and use.
I assure you, as my daughter gets older, I will not teach her that screaming and using a rape whistle while urinating on herself are appropriate self defense methods. I will teach her to use the tool that most effectively equalizes power differences.