That is the question My wife does not like to shoot and will not practice. When I have gotten her out to the range she um... well... let's just say... I really appreciated she was willing to go with me I had to go out of town this week and it left me wondering what if anything I should leave her home with. She is also what I would consider prone to psychological issues. I'm not really sure what would be worse, being the victim of a crime in the home without any means to defend herself or actually having to clean up the mess that a shotgun makes. Either one would take a lot out of her.