I'm of the mind that I can't kill someone. I have kids, I can't shoot a teenager who's in my house because he's broke and needs money for whatever reason. I can't justify killing someone who is out of options for money when I have more money than I need. I can't do it. I can't look at them and not see someone who was a young little boy like my kids who just doesn't have a great life.
With all due respect, you never know what you're capable of until faced with it. I have guns precisely because I had kids in the house and I intended to meet every threat to them with overwhelming force. They're all grown, but I still have the guns. And I'd still use them if I had to.
As to your "poor teenager" theory- most of the armed burglaries and home invasions involving victims of gun violence are perpetrated between young males age 16 to 26 where I live.
Most burglaries are completely unarmed - they're there to grab something of value and leave. Stealing and killing are different ball parks.
Please cite your source for this claim. The crevice between your hip pockets doesn't count.
I believe that 50 years ago people were sold a similar lie to buy bomb shelters.
50 years ago the threat of nuclear war was very real. Only an ignoramus would think otherwise. Sorry, but there's no nice way to say it.
Every time a democrat is elected you're told to "stock up now, because (Carter, Clinton, Obama) is going to take your guns. Every time a Dem is elected gun and ammo sales go through the roof and none of them have really fought for gun control. They've asked questions, but have their been bans?
What do you think happens when someone campaigns for office pledging to outlaw or seriously restrict gun ownership? As to whether there have been bans- the answer is YES, and several. Mail order guns have been banned. Fully automatic weapons have been banned. Magazines over a certain number of rounds have been banned. Certain ammo has been banned. "Assault rifles" (semi-automatic rifles that look like military weapons) have been banned in some quarters. The list is long.
There is a specious notion that the 2nd Amendment is about hunting or only applies to organized militias, which have been somehow conflated with our modern military. We have Democrat politicians (and some Republicans as well) advancing the notion that only the police and military should have weapons- exactly 180 degrees from the intent of the founders. They intended that we remain armed to keep our government afraid of us. They no longer are, because they have made any armed response to tyranny a lopsided contest. If you doubt the intent of the founders, just do a quick google search of the founders and the 2nd Amendment.