The best tools in the worst hands are far worse than the worst tools in the best hands. Yelling for tools is a specious argument. Someone has to do the work, and that someone may well bone the job.
A similar argument was put forward against the use of seat belts in cars. It just does not hold water.
The point of safer tools is to keep the reasonably good programmers from shooting themselves in the foot. Because as good as they may be, they are human and make mistakes. C needlessly invites a lot of mistakes, and even good programmers fuck up in C all the time.