Obviously, the column was written by a San Francisco/Oakland resident who believes it's better to invest in maximum strength locks and sophisticated alarm system in case desperate crazies goes out on the street searching for victims to terrorize, rob, rape, assault and kill.
She did not think of an obvious solution: handgun or shotgun with plenty of ammo and cleaning maintenance products.
This is the way they think in terms of "peace sign utopia" in the Bay Area while decrying the right to keep and bear arms for the common citizens.
Perfect think.No more California dreamin'
San Francisco Chronicle June 1, 2009
[...] I don't say that because I look forward to the outcome of these cuts. I don't relish the thought of walking around with a paper mask over my face as a result of the inevitable public health calamities, nor do I want to "invest" several hundred dollars in better door locks and an electronic security system to protect myself from roving marauders and those who couldn't get access to care for their mental illnesses.
Prevalent Coastal California rationale: "Guns are bad, scary, dangerous, self-defense not good idea because of safety concern and fear of misuse...but thousands of dollars in sophisticated lock and alarm system, hoping cops will respond to the scene in time during the riots and lawlessness."