Originally Posted by Bugeater
Ok Einstein, I'd love to hear an "alternative plan" that is not going to risk you getting in trouble with the law yourself. Go outside and politely ask them to wait for the police to show up?
You people crack me the hell up.
Here's what I would do: call the cops first, tell them I'm afraid for my life. They will want me to stay on the phone with them and I may or may not do that, depends on how "threatened" I feel. Now, since I'm a responsible gun owner, while I'm waiting for Johnny Law, I go get my pistol, then I go get my ammo, and I load up a magazine. Then I put the loaded mag into the gun and slide the receiver back, loading a cartridge into the chamber. I might also turn the safety off. All this will take me a few minutes because, I'm not rushing it, I'm just prepping for the worst. At the same time I may yell out my window "I'VE CALLED THE COPS AND THEY ARE ON THE WAY!" That right there may scare the perps away. If that does scare them away, when the cops arrive, I file a police report and then collect insurance, thank you very much.
If that doesn't scare the perps off, I secure my house and wait for the cops. Now if the perps try to break in, then I have a right to shoot. But I'm not going to endanger my future with some frivolous lawsuit because I'm Captain Blaster gun guy. As another poster said, the perps probably have more rights than me, the victim. Will I shoot one of these perps if they are dumb enough to try and come into my house, yep. Will I go outside and initiate a shooting, nope.