With the economic turmoil taking a downturn, the rate of crime may be increasing. If you feel that you need extra protection in your home due to your geographical location or any other reason, perhaps a gun is the right answer for you. Buying a gun is just the start. You must also know how to use and store it to best protect yourself and your family. It should also not be your first resort. Escape from the area should be the first thought, followed by alerting the police, and then dealing with the threat.