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Platos_Cave [S] 4 points ago +7 / -3

I think you confused pacifism for libertarian. Nobody breaking into a home is doing it for a rush. You kill them and don't feel sorry about it

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TearofLys 3 points ago +5 / -2

" Nobody breaking into a home is doing it for a rush. "

Absolute rubbish. When I was growing up, I had two friends who did it for exactly that reason. One was a fourteen-year old girl, just dong it because the guy she had a crush on was doing it, just for the rush. He never brought a weapon and he never stole anything outside of knicknacks like CDs, loose cash, or something else that was trivial. She never stole anything. She was just following him. I think about that. I don't want to come downstairs and smoke some young unarmed girl because I was too terrified to properly identify the target before I pulled the trigger.

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Deadline 3 points ago +3 / -0

Something to consider...but my thought on this situation has always been that I need to take down the intruder before they have any chance to know where I am. They could be better and quicker with a gun, and the only advantage I may have is knowing my own home and my location better than they do while they move around looking for stuff to grab.

Still, what you're describing would be tragic. I guess I'll have to hope I never need to make that call.

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TearofLys 1 point ago +1 / -0

That is the dilemna. You make the assumption that the intruder means you harm and are prepared to use lethal force immediately. That is all fine and good. I personally set a higher threshold before I resort to violence.. Even with all of the checks I have in place, I would still have the tactical advantage. I would see them before they saw me and my weapon would be drawn and ready before they even knew what was happening. If it is just some dumb kids, I will hold them at gunpoint and call the cops, their parents, or both. If I determine that it is some violent criminal intent on hurting someone in the house, I will unload a mag into him, then put in the backup mag in just in case he is still moving.