I am open about being a gun owner and recreational shooter as well as being a licensed CC holder. For this reason more than one person has asked my opinion on what or if they should get a gun for protection either for carry or in their home.
My first few questions to them are always the same. Why do you feel you need a gun? What is/are your major concerns? Have you ever fired a weapon (you might be surprised at the number of people you have not and think they should have one)? If you felt you needed to draw your weapon could you fire it at someone? If you fired it at someone one could you shoot to stop the threat (possible killing someone)?
At this point many of them say they would never shoot to harm someone. My response to them is you have no business owning a gun for self defense. You will only end up getting yourself or others killed.
This is just my opinion and I am curious what others think and have to say. Should people with no intention of actually defending themselves or others own guns for self defense?