Does a gun protect your valuables?

About a week ago, while on an assignment that had me tagging along with a house hunter from Mount Bethel, Pa., I overheard the prospective buyer ask a real estate agent about home security systems.

The agent remarked that the house, which was settled in an affluent area, didn’t have a security system. The news didn’t seem to bother the buyer, however, both women eventually left to look at other properties.

Later, that small, almost insignificant exchange, stuck in my head.

I know that home security is important, but important enough that it would sway a sale?

Are most people content with a wired alarm system? Are homeowners supplementing such systems with a gun?

In some cases, local homeowners have turned to guns to repel intruders.

Last fall, a Chanceford Township man fended off a team of home invaders with a handgun. One of the invaders suffered gunshot wounds to the chest, neck and hands.

In 2011, Gov. Tom Corbett extended the state’s Castle Doctrine that allows a person to use deadly force in a self-defense situation outside their home or business.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama introduced a $500 million gun violence package in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

What do you think? Does a gun protect your property? Do you plan to buy a gun?

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