actually some good points - "Gas is uncontrollable; it'll go anywhere the hallways let it. Something so unpredictable isn't suitable for home defense. Besides, most law-enforcers use tear gas to flush criminals out of a building, then point LOTS of guns at him. If they didn't have guns, the criminal would walk away, so it's really the guns and not the tear gas preventing the crime." good point, I am not in the business of catching criminals, and I would rather not kill them. I want them out of my house, as quickly as possible. I would like them to be in enough discomfort so that they will leave quickly and without stopping to molest my family. if I have to get out of the house too, and take my family, and possilby air out my house the next day, i figure that that is a pretty fair exchange for having to clean blood off my carpets and fix a half dozen large holes in the drywall. "A better alternative for home defense would be a taser. " aside from being less lethal to an adult, a taser is just like a gun. requires a commitment to keep it safe and know how to use it, and can kill little kids who play with it. a shotgun is a hell of a lot easier to use than a taser. and, a taser fires once (although maybe there are now models that fire twice). do you really want to wake up at 3 am and shoot somebody with something that gives you one chance and requires you to be within 10 meters? "Anyways, I grew up w/lots of guns in the house. I never felt unsafe," really, no offence meant, but that isn't a good thing. I spent 3 years with an assult rifle and 140 rounds always within arms reach (literally, slept with it, took it to the shower, lost my virginity with it under the bed) and then another 10 years with a 9mm handgun with me at all times. I treated them like they could kill me at any time. that is the way firearms should be treated. I could see having a firearm in a safe in the house, I would never have "lots of guns" in a house with kids, in my humble opinion, that is a reciepe for disaster. " ...and it's nice that I can own guns." I think that it is important that you can own guns (or, in my mind better, a gun). I don't exactly think that it is nice. guns aren't (in my opinion) a hobby, they are a way to kill people. if you have a gun around, it is because you should be ready to kill or be killed. "Besides, the chances of two forum members meeting in a robbery where the deciding factor is the killing-power of their weapons is a little moot... no? " actually, I figure the chance of anybody breaking into my house with the intention of killing or hurting my family is extremly small (my town has had 2 homicides in 25 years, one when a bank robber got lost on his gettaway and one when a gang member from nyc came out and got into a fight with some idiot local kids). if they are coming to take stuff, let them I am insured. the chance that they are coming to rape or kill us, and are well armed and tough enough to stick around when I start yelling and flooding the house with tear gas then they are probrably well enough armed and tough enough to take me even if I have a shotgun.