Up until recently, we did not own any guns. Until there was an incident down the street where someone broke into a home in the middle of the night. We live in a very rural area, so to have something like this happen so close was very scary. I have been telling my husband that we need to prepare for the possibility of a new civil war in this country never thinking that we would need anything in defense of someone breaking in. After the burglary incident, we purchased a shotgun. But I still do not feel comfortable with just a shotgun. I want to purchase at least one rifle and two handguns to have for protection as well. I have a 12 year old son and I would like to purchase something that both he and I could easily use if needed. What type of rifle and handguns do you suggest I look into purchasing that would be easy for all of us to use? I know a little bit about guns that my father taught me, but not much. I was never anti-gun, but I was a stupid liberal living in the clouds of la la land until September 11, 2001. That day changed my life forever, and I now understand why my father was like he was. I am glad he was not here to see that day, but I wish I could tell him I'm sorry for not understanding his beliefs and that he was 100% right! Oh, well, it is what it is! And I really need some guidance about what I should be thinking about purchasing. Any one able to help? Thanks for reading "a newbies" request!