I have to admit, I'm hesitant---almost embarrassed to ask this question and start this thread, but here goes.
During the days/weeks following Sandy much of my block was without power and I did see quite a few "people" walking around late at night wearing dark clothing, heard reports of looting, etc,etc.
The last straw was this past Saturday night around 11:30 pm, a girl knocked on our door and I saw her looking in the front window when I got into the living room. I've heard stories of people knocking on the front door as others are breaking in through the back door.
She wanted to use the phone.
I have 2 dogs, one is a small dog that barks at ANYTHING, so early warning isn't an issue, the other dog is a Border Collie mix, she's about 60lbs and a mush, but she's big enough to be intimidating.
I have to be honest, wasn't raised around guns and have only shot a .22 on a couple of occasions. I obviously don't own a gun, but I am now reconsidering that.
I'm the product of a mis-spent youth so by NYS law owning a hand gun isn't an option for me. I was thinking about something like a pistol grip shotgun, but I'm open to ideas.
Secondly if I do get a firearm, how would I keep it accessible AND secure at the same time? We have a 4yo Grand daughter that visits and stays over on the weekends.
I'm looking for some opinions so let's hear it,