The crime rates have shown to be substantially less than those States with stringent gun control. New York & Washington D.C. Are the prime example of States with strict anti-gun laws, yet their crime rates are well above average. One thing is for certain, Criminals will never have the shortage of guns, no matter what State they happen to be in, and very often their firepower exceed those of our law enforcement agencies, we are however making great progress in that aspect.
Made the decision that your home and family would be protected via firearms, is a decision that may not be viable for all. Brandishing a weapon toward an intruder is needed to safeguard your family, but could be a fatal error for yourself! Protecting with a firearm requires a mindset of being able to use that firearm, to pull the trigger if the situation requires it, and continue to do so until the threat has been dealt with. This may sound harsh, but seasoned criminals will often be able to tell if a homeowner is using his weapon for show or is actually serious about using it.