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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 02-12-2007, 02:34 PM   #101
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Re: If An Intruder Entered Your Home What Would You Do?

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By the way, I think we should grab all people who answer "dont know" to a simple 5 question poll and whisk them away to an undisclosed location where they never interact with people or reproduce again.

The world would be a far better place.
These are probably the "smart" people that just want more information. "Is the intruder bigger than me?" or "Can I easily get to my gun.", etc. The people conducting the survey have to say "Just answer the question Mr. Smith" and eventually they just put you down as N/A or "don't know" or Other or whatever. When conducting surveys, you always have to allow for indecisive idiots, though.

Another possible cure is have these people act as intruder targets.

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Old 01-30-2008, 02:03 PM   #102
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First he'd fall over the pile of kids toys littered everywhere, spraining his ankle and cracking his head open.
Yup. The "funny" thing is that when the floor of my house gets too cluttered, this is what I think of to justify the mess! But the real answer is probably to hide.

Oops, just realized this is a very old thread. I was doing a search on something totally different and this came up! Obviously easily distracted!
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:02 PM   #103
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I second the "shake husband awake and tell him I hear something". We don't have a gun, but he keeps a nifty hammer by the bed and is also a martial arts expert, so we have a fighting chance. Also, I'd be ready to help out by hitting the intruder with anything I could find handy.

DH always says he can't catch bullets in his teeth, but short of that...well, I wouldn't want to be the intruder. : )
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:08 PM   #104
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Beat a hasty retreat while said intruder figures out how to handle our dog (pit mix who's not known for his manners around people we don't like). I love my dog, but if it comes down to saving his hide or my wife's and mine, I think he'd understand if he had to bring up the rear guard.

Other than that, I don't care what they take in the house. I carry insurance for a reason and everything is either replaceable or backed up offsite.
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Anyone who enters my property uninvited will not leave alive!
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:39 PM   #106
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Hey, I live in the city, we get intruders all the time. Oh, you do mean the neighbors dogs and cats, don't you. My nine pound cat takes care of re-marking the territory, the cats have to stay beyond the landing and the dogs, well she just makes herself bigger, the hair remains up on her back for hours.

In the old neighborhood, a window was broken while we were on vacation. I'm still disappointed that the burglars didn't find any of our stuff good enough to take.
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Easy:

Two in the chest, one in the head.

NEXT!
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I'd like to change my vote to "cue the banjo music..."
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:08 PM   #109
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Easy:

Two in the chest, one in the head.

NEXT!
Kinda like an old friend of mine said many years ago when he was tower guard at a prison: "If a prisoner tries to escape, we're supposed to fire 3 shots. One in the ground as a warning to stop. If that doesn't work, one in an extremity to try to stop them. If they continue their attempt to escape, one final shot to kill them. But the bullets aren't numbered....so we shoot to kill, which makes hitting an extremity much easier.....then put the final one in the ground as a warning! There's less paper work if you kill them, than there is if you just 'wing' them."
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Old 01-30-2008, 04:19 PM   #110
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I've heard from police officers that they are trained to shoot only to kill. That it's too hard and ineffective to try and shoot extremities... the act of shooting and not hitting someone is definitely going to put the shooter in danger.

Even in the city police aren't necessarily reliable. See this recent story for one nightmare story:

Couple say S.F. cops ignored their calls about New Year's Eve intruder

but I'd take that nightmare over having to clean up a pool of blood and spend weeks sorting the incident out in court.
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That is kind of amazing. Makes me embarrassed to acknowledge that I'm a retired police officer, but I never saw anything like that. Probably what happened is the one with the flat tire failed to notify the dispatcher, compounding the error by failing to just walk the half-block and worry about the tire later.

You're right about not trying to "wound" someone. It would be difficult to articulate to a grand jury why a "wounding" shot killed. Shooting a weapon out of the bad guy's hand only happens in the movies.

Shooting someone (fortunately I never had to, only came close to it once) is a black & white decision & the rules on it are clear-cut on paper. In real life the shades of gray are infinite.
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I'd tell him/her to say "hello to my little friend" !
Is Frayne talking about a very little friend?

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How many people would like Wags to try and break into their house tonight?

Uh...God bless!!
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How many people would like Wags to try and break into their house tonight?

Uh...God bless!!
Is it wrong that I laughed?
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What i answered is brief conversation over the barrel of a gun. What i have done when weird noises bring me awake is to head downstairs all sneaky and tense-like and bare of firearms or clothing. Try and be really quiet and not wake my girl, 'cause my short honey is just devoid of fear - when younger she had no qualms about getting up in the face of various biker types, which made for tense moments for me. I'm a peaceful type.
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Is it wrong that I laughed?
Had you ended your post with 'god bless', you'd have been fine. That seems to correct any and all flaws that might occur in the post or its intent.
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Had you ended your post with 'god bless', you'd have been fine. That seems to correct any and all flaws that might occur in the post or its intent.
See Im still fairly new. However I will end with


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Well, I'm glad I revived this thread. That's for the laughs!

BTW, I've often wonder why police don't aim for extremities in those shooting cases... now I know! Only in the movies.
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