http://trucks.about.com/b/2009/07/17/buy-a-truck-get-an-ak-47.htm The anchor on CNN was funny. She said that she also grew up with guns but they didn't have semi-assault rifles in the house [as if there is such a thing]. Why AK47s, she asked? Well, actually, if they had guns for deer or other large game, she did have high-power rifles that are just as lethal as an AK47 [perhaps women weren't allowed to handle guns in her house]. Also, one wants a gun designed to kill people if they are using it for home defense - that is the point of having a weapon. Also, well-armed citizens are the last line of defense in the event of an invasion. Just more of this lame notion that people only want guns to hunt, I suppose. If you are going to shoot someone like an intruder, you want something that will do the job. Personally, I tend to prefer a 12 gauge at close range.