There is one thing that matters the most when it comes to social status in a society, and that is having power. Power can come in many forms, which ranges from social influence, physical strength, wealth, and the power of force. People like having power over others, and nothing makes other people cower like being armed with a dangerous weapon.
When people use this weapon to forcibly get what they want, it sometimes make them overconfident. They start to think that no one would possibly act to stop them from their acts, and they do things such as turn their backs on potential threats. This behavior is not without basis as the majority of people would not act against them, but there are people out there that don’t play around.