Call me old fashioned but I have always liked having a double-barrel 12 gauge handy around the house. They are easy to use and load in a pinch (for all household members) plus there are very few problems that two rounds of OO Buck or #4 Buck cannot handle I assure you.
I remember my grand dad had a double barrel ten gauge he kept by his recliner. That thing would blow a hole the size of a five gallon bucket lid through a wall (or man.)
“Owning a handgun doesn’t make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.”
“The Only thing that can stop a BAD guy with a gun is a GOOD guy with a gun.”
“In the larger sense, however, the personal ownership of firearms is only secondarily a matter of defense against the criminal. Note the following from Thomas Jefferson: The strongest reason for the people to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against the tyranny of government. That is why our masters in Washington are so anxious to disarm us. They are not afraid of criminals. They are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants.”
“It’s puzzling that so many homeowners are choosing to maintain fire extinguishers at a time when the data tells us fire incidents have been falling dramatically” would sound about the same. Also, this has been the trend for three decades, since the early 1990s.
There is no correlation between homocide and gun ownership. Tools don’t do anything by themselves and their presence can not make you more or less safe. BJ Campbell has a tremendous article on this that thoroughly looks at the numbers and analyzes how a series of less-thorough reports got this wrong.