I treat a shotgun like any other long gun, and I aim it. You mean people just fire the damned things in the general direction of trouble and hope they hit something?
Why would they do that?
Pretty much; because, as we've discussed in probably half a dozen other threads, "everybody knows" that you don't need to aim a scattergun.
Um, guilty. My eyesight isn't that great even with glasses - just enough depth perception to get my driver's license. I do have an old shotgun but haven't used it yet because it needs a part. Thinking it might be better to buy something new - or at least not so old - what would be an appropriate gun for someone who can't hit the broadside of a barn unless I'm aiming at something else? (Exaggerated, but not all that much.)
In case of an intruder in our home, if shooting were needed, it would be up to me or our son, if he was home.
Langenator - We've lived here 11 years & never knew we had open carry! Thanks for that info.
RE: Open Carry (OC) in WA: While it has been legal for years, it is only in the last few years--since I retired from the Army, in 2000--that it has been established, and every law enforcement agency in the state informed
--that OC is legal.
As for a home defense weapon:
Your best choice will vary according to your needs. Part of the popularity of shotguns for home defense is based on popular myths, discussed elsewhere, and partly on the fact that the shotgun is probably the most versatile of firearms, and historically the most likely gun to be in a home that only had one gun.
If you are actually asking me what gun you should get for home defense, however, I would suggest that you look into a semi-automatic rifle. Depending on your budget, I'd suggest an AR15-style gun, although a Keltec Sub2000 of a High Point carbine would also be an acceptable choice. The AR is available in a wide variety of calibers; the Keltec and High Point are pistol caliber carbines, in 9mm or .40 S&W.
All three are readily available with mounts for a wide variety of optic sights (to compensate for poor eyesight, believe me, I understand and sympathize!), lights, and even laser aiming devices, if you want to get fancy.
I have an AR15; Mrs. Drang and I each have Keltec S2K carbines which accept Glock magazines. (They have versions for other pistol magazines, although they are harder to find.) The High Point only takes High Point magazines; their pistols and carbines have the reputation of being as ugly as sin, inexpensive, and as reliable as an anvil.