Would you scream, fight, capitulate......? Which would win, fight or flight? Would you let them take everything without reacting? Maybe some of you have experienced this; what did you do?
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Great answer. There is some consideration here and a measured approach. Thanks.
Being a Brit, I'm not happy with the right to have guns but, having said that, I can understand that a right once given should not be taken away.
And you my friend are part of the reason why so many people and innocent children get killed in the USA every day.
Wesman, I am with you. Only criminals and non law abiding folks kill innocent people everyday in the US. You are one of us who will not be a sitting duck, wishing for a gun when confronted with one.
Wise decision. Thanks for answering.
I absolutely agree with you. The name of the game is survival, not bravery. That being said, committing to the act of using force is not about being the tough guy, but of surviving the encounter. It may be that using force would be unwise, such as
You are so right! When I asked this question, it was from (obviously!) a Brit point of view. I didn't really have guns in mind, though the isolated incidents above were in the countryside. I'm sure guns will never be a 'right' here, thank goodness
Here in the US there are many guns in criminals hands. The problem is not law abiding folk. My father saved my & my sister's lives with one of his guns w/a burglar. Guns when used properly can save lives, I've seen it with my own eyes.
Yes, but guns are not always used properly, and they do cost innocent lives on a very regular basis.
I agree, there are many things that aren't used properly and cost innocent lives on a very regular basis. Cars, machinery, motorcycles, alcohol, watercraft, and drunk/drowsy/drugged drivers are some more examples.
I completely understand that not everyone would, or could, use a gun. It’s great that you and your children were unharmed; however, if an individual is forcing his way into my home, I personally would not wait to see if he is armed or determine his
I can understand the need for self-defence; it's happened here as those with a licence often live in out-of-the-way places but they have to prove 'justified force'. Often farmers who are on their own away from other dwellings.
Shoot to kill for stealing? Why? Was the stuff so irreplaceable that the thief deserved to die? What if the burglar was stealing because he needed money to feed his family? Would you shoot to kill even if you knew that the burglar was unarmed?
Lady Wordsmith, Making the assumption that a burglar is a harmless "thief" can get you killed. I'm fairly certain the people on those flights on 9/11 assumed the planes were simply being hijacked for a ransom. You can't know what a criminal thinking
Lady Wordsmith, to believe that a person breaking into your home is to be trusted is asking to be beaten, killed, robbed, raped. I would shoot to make sure they would never think about robbing anyone else for sure, armed or not. MY home, not theirs.
My things aren’t that important but my life is. I hate to sound cold but once an individual decides to break into a home, I no longer care what their reasoning is. Neither would I have the ability to “know” that they’re unarmed. If
Sounds good to me! Thanks for answering.
I have difficulty with the religious interpretation that we can use firearms; Christianity teaches that to kill is a sin.
The problem with that interpretation is that if to kill is to sin, then officers of the law who are Christians should hang up the badge. Jesus never spoke against killing, he spoke against murder. its all about context. Command 6 is do not murder.
Christianity does teach that to kill is a sin; however, many people have been killed in Christianity’s name. My own Native American ancestors were some of them. I think that end the end, we must do what we think is right and be prepared to live wit
Without trying to apprehend? (apart from if they're armed of course)
I too would not risk bodily harm in trying to apprehend or subdue someone without a weapon. Perps know what they are doing is wrong, they have no business in your home and people need to take back their rights to peace and safety within their homes.
Ha! Are you from Texas? LOL! J/k ;)
I'm not from Texas! :-)
I just don't believe in taking chances! Someone brazen enough to break into your house is just as capable of harming you or your family.
Yeah...I was just joking about the Texas thing (they tend to have the reputation of shoot first and ask questions later). I really enjoyed your answer and agree with your thinking behind it. :)
One would hope there would be time to do so. I think it probably does come down to some luck too! Thanks for answering.
It is your home, not theirs and there is simply NO excuse (hunger, debt, abuse, etc.) for breaking into anyone's home, occupied or not. If they do so, they can & should suffer the consequences that serve as a warning to others considering the sam
Agreed. I simply want to protect my family and myself and I will not wait to see if all they want are things, nor will I compromise my safety by trying to talk them out of what they’re doing. I will prevent them from doing it again.
I understand your logic and the wish to only wound. Yes, it's a great infringement of privacy. Thanks for answering.
Me too! Thanks for answering.
Yes, a similar thing happened to a farmer here; they overturned the decision to jail him as the public outcry was enormous.
I cannot believe that he was even allowed to file a lawsuit! That is when he should have been shot again for adding insult to injury.
The law in NY is ridiculous. If he is not facing you directly, then he not viewed a threat. So if he saw the gun and turned away and you lodged a bullet in his side ribcage...he has a case that he was fleeing and you did not need to use force.
A measured response, thank you. I am definitely for defending home and children, obviously, but I still have a problem with guns.
I wish there were more British responses to this!
Thanks for your answer.
I have to say that it’s not my property that I would worry about but my safety and that of my family. I live in America and I suppose our values are different. My first thought would never be that they are justified in forcing their way into my hom
Thank you so much for answering. I think dogs are a great deterrent, especially if they sound fierce; no good against those prepared to use guns though, as you say.
I doubt I would have much chance against someone shooting their way in. At least not if I was handling a firearm safely and did not have it strapped on like some Wild West cowboy. I will take my chances with some sensible deterrents.
We ladies are often surprised to find that we have great aim! This coming from a girly girly figure skater raised by a traditional dad who taught me about guns from a young age.
Girl power! Seriously though, I'm surprised no-one comes unless the perpetrator has been subdued already.
Well done you! Sounds like something straight out of a Western!
ha ha ha. Hey, being a single white woman in a bad neighborhood I had to let people know I'm not one to mess with and it worked.
From one lady to another, I am so happy that you were able to get him to change his mind. If you had no gun, the result could have been much different and not in your favor. Awesome!