I totally agree with you that the NRA stickers can actually be more dangerous. My dh has always wanted me to learn how to use a gun in order to protect myself. Being from Canada, I don't have the same feeling. I am afraid that it would do more harm than good if someone did get into my house. If a struggle ensued, the person would most likely be far stronger than me and able to get the gun away, thus being able to turn it onto me. I just see it as being extremely dangerous. Instead, we have mace and a police baton in the bedside table.
This just reinforces my theory that any weapon that you can hold in your hand can be taken from you and USED on YOU.
We run into the attitude at SCA events that --
I've just bought this - knife - sword - other sharp pointy thing - so NOBODY can hurt ME, I'll just kill them if they try anything. (yes this is what they say)
It is a lot harder to kill someone than that. Crocodile Dundee you are not.
PS - I've been in the SCA tooooo long. I read mace and Police Baton and thought aren't they the same thing --- DUH, dummy --- chemical mace
A gun is fundamentally different from a knife or a sword. With a knife or a sword you have to get reasonably close to someone to use it defensively (not to mention that many sword are too big to use easily in a house). Also, you need quite a bit of force to, say, stab someone in the chest and kill them. More force than most people are prepared to use. The likelihood of just upsetting someone by using a knife, rather than killing/stopping them is much higher.
One problem that people have with using guns for self-defense is that they use them incorrectly. You should never point a gun at someone unless you are fully prepared to shoot them immediately. If you are not willing to kill someone with it, don't get a gun for protection. If the person does not leave immediately once you've pulled the gun out, then you need to shoot them. It is when people don't shoot and let the attacker get close that the attacker can take the gun away.
I apologize for going on about this, but guns get a bad reputation as defensive weapons when, in reality, the problem is that people do not use them correctly.
P.S. I was also wondering how big the bedside table was that a mace fit in there.