If one plans to own a gun to protect himself and his family, one better be prepared to use it, and use it effectively, i.e. kill or seriously wound an attacker. Personally I don’t think I have it in me to kill someone unless they are about to kill me or a member of my “inner circle,” a term I decline to define as it might be situational. Even then I’m not sure I could actually kill someone. One really can’t answer that question unless placed in a situation requiring its resolution. Owning a gun, seems to make the occurance of such a situation more likely. Thus I choose not to own one.