I live in a three section housing development, and the first section (right next to mine) had a reall issue not long ago with home invasions. The last was in broad daylight, the guys kicked in the door to a house while a single mom and her daughter were inside watching TV.
My neighbors, being frightened, decided to do something about it. They came to me and said they were calling me if someone was trying to break in. My response, "Don't bother. I won't come. Call the cops. Or maybe buy and learn how to use your own gun." Unfortunetly, only two did go out and buy guns (both shotguns). And months later... our one ultra liberal family, who was part of that group, has now started trying to bring up me disarming myself in casual conversation (somehow, guns in my home are a threat to their children three houses away... who never come to our house). I just laugh and walk away.
Action will always be put off... usually put off longer than memories last.