TrueBlueSam's ordeal offers some important "lesson's learned". We talked on the phone this AM and while physically OK, the nerves are thoroughly rattled and I bet the adrenaline is still flowing. Comments here reflect some of that conversation and he gave permission to post. This is not a game of "Let's Second Guess The Victims".
Let me address one. Put yourself in the scenario... It's 1030PM and someone is trying to physically force their way into your residence (Kicking doors & breaking windows). From where ever you would be at that time, how quickly can you arm yourself? For some very good family structure reasons everything was locked up in the safe at the back of the house. I bet those seconds running to the safe and working the lock felt like days!
Takeaway: Guns secreted around the house are a good thing! Implementation is left as an exercise to the reader, subject to and tailored to family situation ;-)
BTW, I can reach one in 1-2 seconds "in my office" (best case scenario). But what if I happened to be in the kitchen when the attack commences? A lesson learned from a late night visit from the "good guys". Or so I'm told the boys in blue are the "good guys" but their actions sometimes give me pause...