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  • I am anti-gun, and I would want a gun.

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  • I am anti-gun, and I wouldn't want a gun.

    6 8.82%
  • I am pro-gun, and I would want a gun.

    58 85.29%
  • I am pro-gun, and I wouldn't want a gun.

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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by year2late View Post
    Call 911 it is a multitasking kinda thing. If you have a phone handy, dial it, they can find where you are. If you are able to talk to them, all the better. It is not "call 911 and stay put"
    What????
    Waste time dialing 911....when you should be bombarding the miscreants with hot lead?
    No way.
    You should only be talking to the perps.
    Phrases such as...."Do you feel lucky, punk?"...or..."Go ahead, make my day"...are much more effective than calling 911.
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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by radioman View Post
    What????
    Waste time dialing 911....when you should be bombarding the miscreants with hot lead?
    No way.
    You should only be talking to the perps.
    Phrases such as...."Do you feel lucky, punk?"...or..."Go ahead, make my day"...are much more effective than calling 911.
    Not either or.

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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    I would rather spend the time and money on making my house harder to break into. It almost seems like some of you on here would welcome a situation like this so you could put your arsenal to use.
    This is probably true.
    Too many action-hero movies, no doubt.
    Walter Mitty fantasies have morphed into Jack Bauer fantasies.
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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    I'm curious about how anti-gunners would feel in real, dangerous situations. It's easy to decry the horrors of gun ownership in the safety of your armchair, but if the lives of you and your family were at risk would your convictions still hold?

    The scenario:
    It's late at night in your house, you and your family are asleep, when armed men break in. You don't know if they're there to rob you, rape you, murder you, or all of the above. At that point would you wish you had a gun?

    The way I see it, if you're anti-gun and would still want a gun to defend yourself in this scenario you're a hypocrite. This isn't an absurd scenario. It happens daily in just about every country in the world. So what say you?
    I think if armed men break into your house and you challenge them with a gun you might drop one. But after that you and your family would likely be slaughtered. Rather than challenging them and endangering your family you would be best to avoid that confrontation.
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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    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.
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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kreton View Post
    I think if armed men break into your house and you challenge them with a gun you might drop one. But after that you and your family would likely be slaughtered. Rather than challenging them and endangering your family you would be best to avoid that confrontation.
    If armed men break into your house, it is already too late to avoid the confrontation. What would happen if you "dropped one" is a matter of speculation. There are several possible possibilities. Confronted with force, the bad guys may just move on. After one is dropped, they may decide to call it a night. There is also the possibility that you may get them all.
    Even if you do not confront, there is still a high likelihood that you may be slaughtered.

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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    If armed men break into your house, it is already too late to avoid the confrontation. What would happen if you "dropped one" is a matter of speculation. There are several possible possibilities. Confronted with force, the bad guys may just move on. After one is dropped, they may decide to call it a night. There is also the possibility that you may get them all.
    Even if you do not confront, there is still a high likelihood that you may be slaughtered.
    Come on man....this whole thing is speculation.

    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.

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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Come on man....this whole thing is speculation.

    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.
    Of course it's speculation, and I so stated. I was addressing a post based entirely on speculation.

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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    "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."
    https://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/...c2010br-14.pdf

    "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

    Special Report

    National Crime Victimization Survey

    Victimization During Household Burglary

    September 2010 NCJ 227379

    Shannan Catalano, Ph.D.,
    BJS Statistician
    http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/ascii/vdhb.txt
    (percentages in bold added by Hard Truth)
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    Re: Would you want a gun in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I don't prepare for getting hit by lightning either. I don't prepare for lots of unlikely events. You don't either. No one does. At least be honest.
    Houses and other buildings already incorporate many protections against electricity surge and protections, like grounding wires. You may not personally run around in a Faraday cage, but many of these sorts of protections are already built into most of what we have.
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