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That reality is why a lot of people buy guns every year, and learn how to use them. As a former part-time firearms instructor for disabled students, I’d say well over half of those I trained had bought a gun because they’d been the victims of crime, and were determined that they wouldn’t be helpless victims again. So far, a number of my former students have had to use their weapons to deter criminals, and three have had to actually pull the trigger. All three are still alive, uninjured, and happy to be that way. Their attackers . . . not so much.
Look up the average response time for police in your area. It’s usually in the five to ten minute range, although in rural areas it can be several times that. (If your local law enforcement agencies won’t provide that information, their performance is probably worse than average.) Now, imagine how much damage an intruder can do to you (and your loved ones) while you’re waiting for help to arrive. To inflict crippling injury or death can take only a few seconds. Having a weapon, and being trained in using it to defend yourself, is a vastly better option for everyone except your attacker, IMHO.