On my walk about at dragon con this year, I was stopped by a gaming booth who commented on how lovely my weapon of choice for the day was. In this case, I was wearing a single flint lock pistol, that I have found works lovely as a billy club over its more traditional use. I jokingly commented that all my actual device were with my other half Lewdin which was true as he had claimed most of our armory for the day.
The people who stopped me told me it was alright for I had this fine weapon at my side and surely was more then protected. Of course I then explained to them the limits of my flint lock, the time to load, the fact it was only good for a single shoot, and that even with the best of aim, it would be unlikely my single slug would land true, and that is why I used my flint lock to pummel people with.
This lead to them asking me Why do Steampunk persona's carry so many weapons. My answer was "Well we are very prepared...I am not sure exactly what we are prepared against, but I know I feel naked leaving my home with less then 4 weapons, and 3 devices of merit. In fact Sir Walter Bob, will not even consider mowing his yard without his airship armada hovering over head for safety."
SO I ask, Why do we have so many Weapons?