If you get insurance on your house, car, or your own life, but don’t own a firearm, I question your logic. Purchasing insurance gives you a guarantee that in the event of an accident, you (or your family) will be taken care of. In the event of a home invasion, can you say the same? Or are you going to let the lives of your family members hang in the balance while you wait for help to arrive?
A cell phone isn’t an insurance policy against a dangerous intruder. The average response time of a 9-1-1 call is twenty three minutes. Some will argue that it’s shorter… fine. Let’s say it’s ten minutes. By the time the police reach your home, the damage will be done. You and your family will have been robbed, attacked, raped or killed. It doesn’t take long for someone to shoot or stab you to death. The response time of a bullet is 1400 feet per second. Which gives you a better chance of survival: the gun or the 9-1-1 call?
The overwhelming majority of Americans (66%) purchasing firearms do so for self defense reasons.
Even if the authorities apprehend and prosecute the criminal afterwards, you and your family still suffer the consequences, which could be dire. How would you feel knowing the criminal is serving a life sentence, but your wife and son are dead because you weren’t able to protect them? Having a firearm in your home gives you a chance to defend yourself and others in extreme situations. If the scumbag breaking into your home is armed with a gun, you will also need a gun to stand a chance. Don’t think a bat or machete will stand up to a thug packing a 9mm pistol. If they have a knife, yes, you can fight them off using a knife or other weapons, but a gun instantly ends the conflict. Don’t “bring a knife to a gunfight.”
Safety: Firearms are serious tools, and should always be treated with the utmost respect and caution. Yes, you should safely secure the firearm so it can’t be accessed by children. Yes, you should be properly trained on how to safely handle the weapon. No, you shouldn’t pull the trigger unless you’re absolutely certain that your home is under attack and you are actually being threatened. Always take every precaution to ensure a terrible accident doesn’t occur. However, it would be a mistake to let the fear of that very rare accident stop you from protecting your home and family.
Types: Having both a handgun and shotgun in your home are crucial, as each respectively provides different advantages. A handgun is compact, easy to handle and leaves you with a free hand, as you won’t need two to operate it. A shotgun packs a bigger punch, and it’s buckshot ammunition sprays, giving you a better chance of hitting your target. It shows a home invader you mean business and are not to be fucked with. It’s nice to have options.
Accessibility: Make sure you have plenty of ammunition for each weapon so that you don’t run out of bullets. We would recommend at least three or four clips worth for each gun. On top of this, make sure you have weapons accessible in most rooms of your home. The intruder isn’t going to wait for you to run back into the den to retrieve your revolver so you have a fair chance of defending yourself, so make sure you always have something hidden nearby to give you options.
Think it can’t happen to you? Just this week, a UConn student was arrested for killing a 62-year-old man and seriously injuring another man during a home invasion. In January 2020, three people (including a child) were shot and killed while sitting in their home in Newburgh county, New York during a targeted home invasion. If this doesn’t send chills down your spine, google the “Cheshire Home invasion” of 2007 where two men invaded the residence of the Petit family and murdered and raped Dr. William Petit’s wife and two daughters. Always be ready. Always have a plan. Never leave your fate to chance.
– Your Big Bro