Well, as I've stated before I'm all for the 2nd amendment, but if Merc believes a home without a gun is a safer home there is merit to that just as the there is to the counter argument.
Sure with a gun you could fend off an intruder much easier then without one.
Then again, nothing says I'm concerned with my family's saftey like some crossfire.
Its a double edged sword really and I think the answer as to what level of protection a household really needs is up to the individuals.
The other day I almost bought a gun for my place, after a few blocks over some folks got themselves killed, then I had a mental image of my 18 year old brother trying to sneak in my house like a ninja and me blowing his head off. Thats when I decided my baseball bat and good lock set was enough for me.