Today we listen, watch, and are entertained not by ourselves or our peers but by people who get paid to do those things: the professionals. I’m sure you can think of other examples from your own experience. Is it any surprise, then, that people delegate their safety to professionals rather than learn why they need to do it themselves?It's an interesting angle. One wonders what the burgeoning DIY fad, with people tackling everything from beer-making to chicken-raising as a home endeavor, will have on this?
Tangentially related, I noted in comments at Sebastian's yesterday that I find it interesting that pretty much the entire waitstaff at my local in-town hipster pub are shooters. Further, while dining there just the other day I overheard two women at the next table over, and who stereotype would suggest were in a very liberal demographic, discussing one's plans to purchase a P-226 in .40S&W, which she described as her "dream gun". I found this rather heartening.