"when seconds count, the police are only minutes away..."
to each their own, i prefer to have a method of self defense available. a 12 ga. shotgun is an ideal home defense weapon. it hasn't got the range to put a neighbor at risk, and should someone try to home invade my house while i am asleep, and i am awakened a) the sound of a pump shotgun being racked to load a shell is unmistakable and ominous, and b) should my aim be off do to darkness the shotgun will clean out anything in my hallway.
i also have a ccw pemit, and have crimson trace laser sights fitted to my carry weapon. a red dot projected is again a powerful deterrent, much like racking the pump on the shotgun.
why do i own weapons? because other people have them, and not all of those people have my interests in mind, so i protect myself. to, by practicing from time to time, it allows me to put all my other thoughts out of mind, and strictly focus on being safe, and putting the hole in the target where i want it, which, is good sport.
do i want to shoot eomeone? hell no, but I don't want to get shot even more. its a deterrent. the earth might become a utopia one day, but evidence shows that won't happen anytime soon....