Totally agree...except for the reason I mentioned above. If you're worried about not shooting a young kid trying to steal (which is not that uncommon) then why don't you get a security camera instead? That way you have the evidence and the kid isn't physically hurt or worse.Take "burglar" off the list and you have violent crimes, so then it doesn't matter - although I could bandy the word "assault" in the sense of some young kid throwing a violent tantrum. But "burglary?" Yes, I think age matters particularly in the castle doctrine states where you can shoot a burglar basically just to shoot them. I do not want to kill a young kid trying to steal something. I do not want any lethal accidental gun deaths at our home either - and that is the 1/2 second compromise for those reasons. But I also think that margin actually allows us to shoot faster in any questionable situation - plus that'd be a damn good lessen for a 13 year old sneaking in to steal something anyway.
Even the castle doctrine mentions 'reasonable' and 'reasonable force' doesn't it?