I grew up in a place where everyone had at least a couple guns around for purposes of "protection" and "tradition." As far as I can remember, there were only two gun-related accidents. More importantly, there were NO BURGLARIZED HOMES, before I escaped my ancestral lands, never to return.
Depending on who you ask, that put my people at either, "Robbers 0, Us -2." Or "Love All." Because some would say that yes, we never shot a robber, but the robbers never tried anything because they KNEW we had guns. (And yes, the "some" quoted are reasonably close relatives of mine).
So. Yeah. If you want a gun, and you are willing to bet that you will be in the .000000002 percent of the population who has access, skill and opportunity to protect themselves or others from crime with a gun, rather than the rest of the yahoos who just shoot themselves in the ankle cleaning it, or shoot grandma when they think they hear an intruder, or shoot the neighbor's dog because motive and opportunity happened to occur a little too close together..." Well, if you're willing to take your chances, be my guest.
I just wanted to say that wonkette had quite a funny post about the whole thing.