Double-Barreled Shotgun vs. Handgun for Home Defense | USCCA

My significant other and I live in what used to be a quiet neighborhood on the outskirts of a large city where we both work. We live an alternative lifestyle that drew no attention until we moved to our present location. Recently we have had our cars vandalized and have received threatening phone calls sufficient to cause us to consider buying a firearm to protect ourselves in our home. We at first were going to purchase a double-barreled shotgun as was mentioned by a political figure sometime back as his weapon of choice. But, in doing a little research on personal protection and home defense, a handgun seems like a better option. Could you give us a few reasons why one might be better than the other for our purposes?

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