[quote]Listen, if someone breaks into my home and intends to do harm, I want a way to protect myself. What do you suggest [R51]?
I'm not r51, but I suggest you have a beer, smoke some dope, and stop worrying so fucking much. You freakshows talk about home invasion as though it were as common as jaywalking. Chances are, armed bandits are never going to break into your home, and if they do, they'll probably do it when you are out (unless you never leave your house, which does not seem altogether unlikely, I admit).
If somebody does break in, I suggest you call the damned cops. And if you're really THAT worried about it, get an alarm system that will notify the police automatically the second the break-in happens.
This is a much safer option for all concerned than a nervous nelly nutter like you keeping a loaded gun in his home. The chances you'd ever successfully use that gun to defend yourself from a dangerous criminal intent on harming you is miniscule, and far, far less likely than all of the following:
--your kid, niece, nephew, friend or neighbor's kid, etc., finds the gun and accidentally kills himself or someone else
--you shoot your own fool self in the foot, leg, balls, or worse while grabbing the gun because a floorboard creaked and you went apeshit
--somebody actually does break in, sees you going for the gun, and shoots you first
--you shoot some trick-or-treater or Girl Scout selling cookies because you were sure she was about to invade your precious castle