"I'm curious about people who do own guns. Do you ever hear a strange noise late at night and arm yourself before going to investigate?"
Most recently, it was my teenaged daughter in the house alone while I was at work. What turned out to be an illegal alien trying to come through the back door....9mm put him on the floor....He's now in jail for the umpteenth time.
4 ft water moccasin outside the back door....38 with snake shot.
Black bear in the back yard....warranted a 12 ga. loaded with 00 buck until the game warden got there to dart him.