For the sake of discussion: lets say that you have a gun in your house for this remote risk. Where are you going to keep it to make it accessible in such a situation. How much time do you think that you would have to get the gun in your hand and ready for use. How could you insure that you kids don't get hold of it and play with it (tragic consequences have occurred from that). How can you be sure that your gun is not stolen by criminals and used to kill others. What effect would buying a gun to potential use against another person have on you practice. There have been rare cases where the kids have taken a gun from the house and intentionaly killed other kids!!!David N. Snyder wrote:Interesting discussion and good responses above. The one scenario I haven't seen mentioned yet is this:
What about the home invader who is not interested in stealing your money, your televisions, your jewelry. He and his accomplices break in to kill you and your family. Now the situation is changed quite a bit. It is not simply a case of letting him in, letting him take some things and leaving you and your family alone. He is coming in to kill. You can use the saw simile for yourself, but are you willing to use the saw simile for your spouse and children? Tough decisions . . .
Yes, it is rare, but it does happen. Not too long ago a group of criminals did a home invasion, raped and killed the wife and daughter of a physician. The physician was tied up in the basement and they set the house on fire. The doctor was able to escape and survived. His wife and daughter were murdered.
The obvious best course is to call the police and escape out the back with your family. But what if there is no opportunity to escape? Do you potentially use deadly force to save your family members? Perhaps you might be advanced enough to apply the saw simile for yourself, you have no selfishness; but how about your family members? Do you leave them to fend for themselves? Tough choices, with no real correct or easy answers.
Personally i would prefer the risk of not having a gun in the house. I would prefer not to make myself a victim without the remote risk of that hazard occurring.
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