There is nothing like the feeling of security that you can feel when you know that you can keep your family safe from any would be, burglar, mugger, rapist, and the list goes on. People that cannot defend themselves are easily controlled by others (see Matthew 12:29) And don't blind yourself to facts and statistics, more and more people are becoming unnecessary victims to crime.
"How can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil (take possession of) his goods, except he first bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house." - Matthew 12:29
Hunting is part of our American Heritage, and used to be a part of everyday sustenance. It is no longer that important to our survival but that has not lessened the thrills of the chase at all! Self defence and hunting are not the only reason to own a gun/guns, although those are excellent reasons. all guns appreciate in value, some better than others, but as a rule they all appreciate. So investment wise they are a smart way to go. Guns are fun to shoot! There is nothing like going out back (if you live in the country) and plinking away at cans or ground squirrels, or loading up and trucking off to the gun range.