Originally Posted by GhanBuriGhan
It seems somewhat logical to me that the scenarios in which a gun is actually effective in helping you to get a "happy ending" in an encounter with an (armed) criminal are relatively limited, that is situations in which you have the initiative/element of surprise (such as surprising a burglar/murderer in your house, or coming in on a situation where the criminal does have his attention on someone/something else. In many other situations, i.e. all situation in which a weapon is already aimed at you, or the assailant has one ready, reaching for a gun or acting cocky because you have one is probably rather a risk. In short, I would consider a gun more effective as an offensive weapon than as a defense.