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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:56 AM

So what's wrong with home security systems? [View all]

For all those people who believe a firearm is necessary for home defense, wouldn't some good locks and outdoor lighting and a home security system be a lot more effective? I know home security systems aren't cheap, but neither are firearms from what I understand. And no one was ever accidentally killed by one.

A gun isn't going to do you any good anyway if you're asleep when an intruder breaks in. It might not do much good if the intruder has a gun. It's unlikely to be of much help if it's locked safely away as it's supposed to be. It just seems like the conditions have to be so perfect for a firearm to do any good at all: you have to be awake and know an intruder is coming to "get you" and have time to get your gun and have enough time to ascertain that it is really is an intruder and not a family member, and then the intruder either has to be unarmed or you're going to have a firefight and hope that you are a better shot than this criminal.

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