Many argue that having a gun is to protect themselves, but would you really shoot an intruder, or someone who breaks the law out in the street? The police are there for protecting people and I suspect they are highly trained in when and where to use a gun - well, even some policemen have misjudged a situation, so why do you think you can judge better?
Again, I say, in my situation, what police? I shudder at the response time to my house if someone is coming in my back door in the middle of the night.
Five minutes *if* the city cops will come out here? The Sheriff, is he 10 or 20 minutes away at this time?