had a friend once rescue me and a buddy from a group of "non documented workers" by stepping out calmly, smiling, and asking what the trouble was as he took his AK to condition one. It's amazing how many people really don't want to be shot.
I will say with regards to this poll - I am surprised how many people claim to keep a firearm handy at all times. We kept ours in our bedroom. In case of trouble, the wife knew to sweep up the kid, go to the bedroom, lock the door, aim at the middle of the door, and shoot if the handle jiggled. however, my skills with a pistol are not what they should be - i've done all my training with assault rifles, carbines, and shotguns. In addition, the hand-to-hand style combat they teach in the Marines is completely unsatisfactory; until you start working with knives we aren't trained to kill or even severely damage; we're trained to restrain. it's a weakness I'll have to fix next time i have time.