A lot of people labor under the impression that you simply aim a shotgun in the general direction of the threat, pull the trigger and be done with it (skipping the loading, prepping and aiming bits). Shotgunistas refer to this as the “spray and pray” philosophy. Truth be told, at home defense distances, just about any ammo exiting the muzzle of just about any shotgun is fairly tightly gathered. In short, you can miss. Also, it’s easier to disarm a person holding a shotgun than someone holding a handgun. On the other hand, if you shoot someone center mass using a shotgun with good size pellets, they aren’t going to be singing about the event afterwards.