Originally Posted by 12131
About sums it up.
What I would like to adress is the thought of clearing your house. I feel it's best to have a plan to hunker down in one spot if it's at all possible. For example, if your family sleeps up stairs and you are alerted to an intruder who has made it into hour house, a shotgun at the top of the stairs or perhaps behind a bookshelf in a hallway or designated room would be much more effective than a handgun, hands down. For most people and situations, clearing your house as if you were a highly trained expert is something that is referred to as fishing to be shot.
I can only imagine 99% of gun owners in the US have not attended a room clearing training course, and I don't see why they would. YMMV of course.