All this is interesting, but what I really wonder about is WHY we are so damn afraid? I don't ever think about being robbed, ever. Maybe I'm naive? It just does not happen where I live. It is not some fancy area either. Maybe if I lived in the straight ghetto I would consider owning a gun. There are other countries that allow gun ownership that do not have nearly the level of violence that the US does. Rebel makes a good point about what most people would really do if a gun was pointed at them. Are people really so impressionable that they can't differentiate movies from reality? If so it does not say much for our educational system. I just don't understand where this obsession with violence comes from in this country? The news doesn't help at all, 24hrs a day of the worst of human behavior, and as bad as that is it is a very small part of reality, but it sells, so that is what you see. I have not watched a TV newscast is yrs. But if you took that to be reality I could see being scared. The only way to get past this in my eyes is to turn off the TV, put down the phone and "gasp" go outside and talk to people, the only news that is ever going to have much impact on you is what is going on in your immediate area, get out there and be a part of it. Be aware of those around you, don't worry what is going on across the country, know what is going on across the street!