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View Poll Results: If an intruder entered your home what would you do?
Shoot 62 39.74%
Wish I had a firearm so I could shoot 20 12.82%
Call police and hide (outside if you're feeling lucky...) 27 17.31%
Hand over my valuables and hope the intruder goes away 9 5.77%
Don't know 7 4.49%
While looking over barrel of S&W-Ask "Have You Given Much Thought To Early Retirement? - Well Have Ya Punk?" 18 11.54%
Try Out Moves Just Learned in &quotiscovering Karate" class 2 1.28%
Sneak Up On Him And Yell In His Ear 0 0%
Sneak Up On Him And Kiss Him On His Ear 0 0%
Ask Dog To Show Him Out 7 4.49%
Shake spouse awake and say "Greg, Greg, I hear something" 2 1.28%
Walk Up To Him And Say In A Wide-eyed Intimidatingly Scary Mysterious Foreign Accent - Heh, Want To Pull My Finger, Mister? 1 0.64%
Show Him Your Pumpkins 1 0.64%
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:10 AM   #241
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What if what if what if...
"What if" is what this thread is all about.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:28 PM   #242
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I have the means and the training to defend my family and myself. I believe that nothing I own is worth killing anyone over (hey, I have good insurance), but I will fight to the death to protect my family.

NH is a castle doctrine state. I'm not legally obligated to run out of my own home if it's invaded. But I guess I would do that if I could get my wife and daughter out safely.
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I have the means and the training to defend my family and myself. I believe that nothing I own is worth killing anyone over (hey, I have good insurance), but I will fight to the death to protect my family.

NH is a castle doctrine state. I'm not legally obligated to run out of my own home if it's invaded. But I guess I would do that if I could get my wife and daughter out safely.
I would have no qualms, reservations, or regrets whatsoever about shooting an intruder who broke into my home at night regardless of what purpose they had in mind

(& I wouldn't spend more than a second trying to divine what purpose they might have in their mind)
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I think there's a big difference between seeing an intruder actually break in and finding someone unexpectedly inside your house. There's a big difference between the kinds of threats they represent and the likelihood of some kind of misunderstanding.
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Old 03-03-2008, 04:05 AM   #245
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self defence laws vary not only from state to state but county to county. for most of us the laws are so complex and full of every situation is different that no one can really tell you much. best advice i can give you is if your lifes not in danger dont shoot and as much as i hate to say it find away to avoid the conflict. even if your found not guilty in a self defence shooting your looking at 50 grand in legal fees. we havent even got to the civil suit yet.
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..... best advice i can give you is if your lifes not in danger dont shoot ......
I am assuming we are talking about a dead-of-night intrusion in this thread - If you intrude into my home at night, I'm certainly no going to spend a lot of time trying to divine what might be in your mind so I can evaluate whether my life is in danger or not.
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I. . . As soon as she touched my purse, I became a crazy, screaming lunatic! Really. I don't know what came over me, but I started swinging that umbrella as if I were Babe Ruth looking to hit #60 -- and I was consciously aware that I was trying to do some serious hurt to that person, all the while I was screaming obsenities that I didn't even know I knew! I hit her so hard across the shoulder that I broke the umbrella in half, and then kept swinging the broken umbrella like it was a pair of numchuks. . . .

What a story and what a lesson in how we can act in unexpected ways.

I love this board. Only on the internet can you sit down and have the benefit of the experiences of such a wide variety of people.
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