So true–I live in Illinois, which seems to have nearly nullified the concealed carry by making so many areas “gun free zones” … I work in one such, and yet annually I have to take active shooter training (which means, what to do if an active shooter is on the premises, i.e. “Run, Hide, Fight”).
My dad has several handguns (one of which once belonged to my late grandfather and was kept by my grandfather in his business) and several long guns. Of course, my parents live on a ridge surrounded by woods and they have seen wolves and coyotes (not at the same time) from the back of the house. Myself, I live in town (small community) and a small house, so a handgun is more useful for protection (although I do wish it were practical to have a pump action shotgun, because if someone were to break into my house when I am home, there are few sounds that more effectively suggest that the intruder might want to reconsider his life choices and leave my house nose-first).
Being female, and petite to boot, a handgun is a much better self-defense option than something that would require me to get close to the bad guy (and let’s just face facts, anyone who breaks into a house known to be occupied can be assumed to have bad intentions). I’m currently the protected party under an order of protection, but we all know that an order of protection has the same bullet-stopping power of any other random piece of paper (and that a DV felony conviction won’t necessarily stop my ex from acquiring a gun). I’ve also put 900 miles between myself and him, and I’d rather never have to shoot outside of a range setting.