Oh, and my reasons for not owning a gun myself:
-I highly doubt I'd have the guts to use one if I did indeed need to protect myself
-if I did use it, I think it'd be a little messier dealing with the police than it would be if I just ran and hid or something without the bullets involved
-going through the process of buying a gun, buying bullets, and doing all the paperwork to make it legal is too much of a hassle for me
-I don't think I'd store a gun very well...