I live in the US. Handguns are cheap and plentiful. For as long as I can rememeber I have been fascinated by firearms. Yes, I was that little boy that drew guns on everything. As if Godzilla really needs guns on his head, arms, and tail. But I've never owned any firearms. I've shot some handguns, some assault weapons, and a shotgun a few times, but have never actually owned a firearm of any type. Sounds strange for someone who knows quite a bit about them. But there it is. I freely admit, I really liked shooting. It's quite challenging and of course has a hint of danger. But the obvious concerns kept me away from purchasing any. Now for some reason.. my thoughts have changed and I am seriously considering purchasing a handgun. There's been no "event" that caused me to change my mind. I just.. changed my mind. Ostensibly, it's for home protection, but I'm more inclined to want to fire it at a range. We have no kids, so safety concerns of that sort is not an issue. So, do you own a handgun*? Why or why not? Was your mind changed one way or the other about ownership? Why? There's certainly a lot to weigh here and I'd like to hear as much feedback as possible. Thanks. *: Handguns only please. I understand that it's good protection when hunting in areas with large, dangerous animals (bears, pumas, boars, iPhone Forum Users, etc), but let's face it. No one is going out to hunt primarily with a handgun.