If you are going to have a firearm "for protection" then it is a good idea to actually have it available for use on a moments notice. I carry around my home, out in the yard, into town, at the grocery store........kinda like everywhere I go. I mow my yard armed, wash the car armed, take the trash out armed. Good that everything worked out for them and the guy ran off. Hopefully he learned something in that experience. His wife needs to be able to use a firearm too. All is not utopia out there no matter where we live.