Whirlibird, The shotgun has a job just like a rifle does. That is why we need the two. Rifle is for long shots and the shotgun in a close shot is one of the best defensive guns ever built.
I agree, just making the point for some that like to think of the scattergun as the one survival gun.
I carried a short shotgun for many a building search, when the rest of the guys carried AR’s, but I also have more scattergun time/training than most of those I worked with.
I learned the plusses and minusses of the shotgun. At great cost to my wallet.