No matter how cynical I become toward politicians, it's never enough.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
Our two story home gives me time to gather my family in a room and make a call to the police. But that's not enough. Even if the police are near by and they get to my home in 2 minutes, we might already be dead. If we aren't, the cops aren't coming in immediately any way. They are going to secure the scene, devise a plan and then breach if that seems like a good plan.
So, we have guns. Our plan is to gather in my sons room, barricade the door with his dresser and then, if they try to come through the door, blow them away. The door is a great "murder hole." Because the east wall is a set of closets, the south wall is a sink and toilet in the bathroom and the west wall is open to the outside, they really can't get to us easily. It is a defensive position that should buy us enough time to get law enforcement to our home. But we can't rely on them to save us in the event of a home evasion.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Even if you do not confront, there is still a high likelihood that you may be slaughtered.
It's also possible the armed intruders force you and your family into a bathroom, barricade the door, the steal every single item in your house and leave you and your family unharmed.
This whole thing is speculation.
It's the "what if" game. By definition it's nothing more than speculation.
The vast majority of people posting on this message board will never be in a gun battle for their life inside their own home.
And I truly hope 100% of the people here at DP never face that situation, ever.
"The 2010 Census enumerated 308.7 million people in the United States....300.8 million lived in 116.7 million households for an average of 2.58 people per household."
"An estimated 3.7 million burglaries occurred each year on
average from 2003 to 2007.
impacting 1.2% of the US population, 2.33% of the households
*A household member was present in roughly 1 million burglaries
impacting .32% of the US population, .6% of the households
and became victims of violent crimes in 266,560 burglaries.
impacting .09% of the US population, .16% of the households
*Serious injury accounted for 9% of injuries sustained by household members who were home
and experienced violence during a completed burglary.
impacting .008% of the US population
*Simple assault (15%) was the most common form of violence when
a resident was home and violence occurred. Robbery (7%) and
rape (3%) were less likely to occur when a household member was
present and violence occurred.
*Offenders were known to their victims in 65% of violent
burglaries; offenders were strangers in 28%.
*Overall, 61% of offenders were unarmed when violence occurred
during a burglary while a resident was present. About 12% of
all households violently burglarized while someone was home
faced an offender armed with a firearm.
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Statistics
National Crime Victimization Survey
Victimization During Household Burglary
September 2010 NCJ 227379
Shannan Catalano, Ph.D.,
(percentages in bold added by Hard Truth)
Last edited by Hard Truth; 05-13-14 at 01:25 PM.
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville