Is it a good idea to keep some kind of weapon for home defense? If so, what should I buy/make?
I personally do not think having weapon at home is safe or 100% helpful, so I would say it is not a good idea. This is just me, but people choose what works for them.
Considering the hideous crimes against families of late I would say yes, a weapon is needed today. The home invasion crimes have become more violent and deadly. It has gone beyond the "Oh my goodness! A robber!" stage. Some of these crimes are inhumanly sadistic. There isn't enough space here to offer details on type of weapon nor on home safety. Google the research. Just remember that owning a deadly weapon isn't a game. Weapons that merely disable, like bear spray, are inadequate against a gun which is probably what the criminals have.
i am of the belief that there should be a gun or weapon of some sort in every home. because of the higher home invasion rates in the country. if you decide to go with a firearm, head to your nearest gun store and ask them to help you find the right fit for a hand gun. anything else would be useless against a blitz attack. if there are chikldren in your home, make sure the weapon is out of reach, hidden, somewhere they will never find it. when they are old enough, tell them where it is, what its for andhow to use it. be safe.
cookingdiva isn't being very realistic at all, but you should be realistic about today's media driven sick society and lack of culture. You can't beat a semi auto shotgun for home break ins and self defense.
I think it is a good idea to have a weapon for home defense, and that a gun is also probably the best answer. I don't think it is a good idea to have loaded guns around young children though, so having a gun may not work for everyone. I read somewhere that it is a good idea to sleep with your keys nearby so that if you hear anyone entering your house you can set your car alarm off. It may not do any good, but it could also scare the intruder off and/or alert your neighbors that something is going on at your house. Not exactly a weapon, but I still think it's a good tip.
I think the safest alternative is a monitored security system. I would hope that most invaders would flee when the alarm goes off. As far as weapons go, I feel that a 12 gauge shotgun is the most effective, user friendly weapon for home defense. Buckshot will not travel through walls like a handgun slug, and all you have to do is point and click. Plus, it covers a wide area so it's hard to miss.
P.S. Any gun in any home where children may EVER be should have a trigger lock if it is not locked up entirely.
a gun or a tazer. either one works but with a tazer at least when the police get there you won't be in trouble for killing someone.
haha I recommend a Axe handle without the metal Axe head. for two reasons it is built to be held with weight so sits comfortably in your hand and also there is nothing illegal about it, you could have it in your car and be pulled over. Very efficient I have heard !
No. Never. 100% NO.
While I support the right to bear arms, I do not recommend using pistols, shotguns, and other weapons for defense. The odds of the weapon accidentally going off or into the hands of a child are far too great!
I would suggest getting a security system from one of your local alarm companies. Life is too great to be accidentally shot--or worse.
I have a permit and carry a Springfield XD 9mm pistol with hollow-point ammo everywhere I go. I also have an alarm system in my house.
The key is to use the alarm system to buy you time to call the police. Hopefully it will scare off an intruder. If you must shoot, make sure you know what you're shooting at.
The most important things to owning a gun for personal protection? Safety, training, practice at the range, and pray you never have to use the weapon except at the range.
It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
My first line of defense is the good old home security system. What brand do I use? German Shepard. Any cop will tell you, most burglars or would be home invaders tend to skip homes with dogs inside. A German Shepards loyalty, tenacity, and just plain intimidating looks can most likely thwart any plans to enter unlawfully.
Second line of defense, well, I won't give any specifics, but they go boom.
Martial Arts is the best concealed weapon and can be taken anywhere.
I've always thought that having a gun is a nice theoretical way to defend your home, but unless you carry it with you all the time it is not much use.
I mean, a burglar isn't going to give you a lot of time to get your gun.
Most likely the burglar will invade your home when you are entering it or leaving it, to do something like putting out washing or going to the shops.
Alternatively, they might invade your home when you are asleep.
You know, even with all their training, over a third of soldiers either miss or don't fire in their first engagement with an enemy.
Now, don't get me wrong, I think learning to shoot is fun, I just think that a martial art is more likely to be useful unless you carry a gun all the time. Basically because theieves are not thick, and will not give you advanced warning that they are going to attack you.
i own a real badass crossbow and i love it! it reaches about 80 metres
If you are into melee then a sword or a bat would do fine. If you are more into a range attack sort of defender then i would suggest you get a gun. Don't get a pistol as the reload time will slow you down.
I guess the likelihood in the US of someone breaking in already being armed is greater than in the UK. But from my point of view, in the UK, it is a bad idea to intentionally have a weapon with intent to use against someone breaking in to your house, it is also illegal in this country to pre-emptively carry a weapon with intent to injure or kill such a person. Also it is very possible, especially if the perpetrator is unarmed to begin with that it would back fire and result in more severe injuries occurring to yourself...so probably not worth the risk.
Though you can act in self defence if there is an actual fear for your life, so as long as there happens to be a baseball bat...or perhaps a handy mace or sword (though this would probably be considered excessive force) in the same room as yourself and the perpetrator...
Anyway, I'm definitely not suggesting the same applies for the US, I realise the situation concerning this is potentially quite different, but in this country (UK), legally and physically, you'd be better off not preparing an arsenal of weapons for home defence...though naturally I keep a handy set of shurikens under my pillow just in case!
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