My readers sometimes surprise me. Many of you dismissed the safety bullets as an unsafe impediment to self defense. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. My thesis was that among the choices available for those blighted folks living in areas that still require gun locks or disassembly because of laws not yet overturned, the safety bullets were the least intrusive option. Small children don't usually rack a gun twice before they try the trigger so it really is safer for households with kids. One gun must be outside the gun safe and loaded or self defense is not viable. If you are two seconds away from a live round, you are much better off than if you are trying to assemble your weapon or look for the key to the trigger lock. If you don't need to use them in your circumstance, don't.
I quite agree that the best self defense is to have your weapon on your person and available at an instant's notice. Everything has a trade-off. There are those who say carrying anything less than a 45 is a waste of time. My brother bought a Colt Defender for his concealed carry weapon. It is a wonderful gun, but he found it too heavy and with too many pointy parts to carry comfortably. He ended up not carrying anything for the first year he had his permit. Later he bought a Kel Tec P3AT which he now carries everywhere. Is he wasting his time carrying the .380 pistol? I don't think so. In the choice between using a Colt Defender on an attacker and holding a P3AT, I would prefer the Colt. My brother's real world choice was essentially the Kel Tek or bare hands. There is always something better. Some disdain handguns, saying they are only good for fighting your way to your rifle.
All of life is choices. I carry my gun every minute I am up except for those occasions where concealed carry is not permitted. This keeps my young children safe from finding a loaded weapon in the house, but leaves my family unprotected on those occasions when they are home and I am not. If my wife wanted to keep a gun out for defending the home, I would use the safety bullets to ensure that my daughter or her little friends didn't meet a bad end. Safety bullets are not perfect, but they beat the alternatives.