That's why Longview makes more sense than anyone -- a shotgun.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
I don't know what level of training people have....but mine included defensive use of the weapon. Basically it is very simple:
1) Do not head to danger, wait for it to come to you and put something solid between you and it.
2) Create a safe zone with a firing window.
3) Do not aim for a lethal shot to the head.
4) Shoot at the largest target area on the exposed body.
5) Be prepared to fire multiple shots in needed.
Above all, do not have a gun you will not fire.
1) A gun owner is most likely going to keep a pistol near his bed. Worst case scenario, it'll be in his room closeby. He will get to his gun before the burglar gets to him.
2) When confronted in an invasion not involving premeditated assault/murder, chances are great that, when confronted, a thief will leave. He won't stay and fight, especially not when a gun can enter the picture.
3) No gun owner is going to "dive" into some cabinet - doubly so when a burglar is between them. Logic dictates that the homeowner runs away or says to take his stuff and not hurt him.
4) In a situation he cannot control, a burglar only needs to run and get out of the house before an owner goes and track down his gun and pursues, should he be dumb enough to do so. Once he's out of the place, he's safe. You can only shoot to kill when there is reasonable expectation of your life being in danger. A man shot in the back outside of the home is murdered, not a victim of self- defense.
You're British. As much as property crime is rampant in the UK, you should be a touch more educated about this. No such luck, huh?
1) if you are there to burgle a house and you are seeking to avoid confrontation you break and enter during the day
2) if you break and enter at night-you are intending to confront the homeowners
if you intentionally invade an occupied home or a one that you should assume is occupied, the LE establishment assumes you were there to threaten-or worse-the residents
what does that mean? if someone breaking into your home during the day chances are he is just there to steal
if he comes at night-assume he is there to hurt you and act accordingly
There is nothing cowardly about not being a gun blazing idiot, as you and your wife would be dead.
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