[QUOTE=Icy Mt.;2224264]If they broke into my house and then tried to sue me, I would just shoot them dead. If I’m going to be flat broke, I might as well get the satisfaction and also get a bed and 3 meals a day paid for by the state.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=debro;2224835]Hell! That’s the advice the aussie police give you “off the record”. Dead men can’t talk.
Of course, lawfully you have to aid them while burgling your house, raping your wife, and generally ensuring they leave your house happy & healthy.[/QUOTE]
Exactly, and God forbid that they injure themselves while breaking in, while committing other felonies or while the owner attempts to just stop them.
We had an incident last year. Got a 3:20 AM call from our neighbor. Someone just broke into their garage and the police had been called.
My 22 yo son (living at home for a while to pay off his portion of his college loans) was awake with the call. I handed him a 12g shotgun, loaded with 5 cartridges of 00 shot and he manned the front door, while I took the back door with a .357.
A knock on the door produced a police officer, very professional.
Asked me to keep everyone, including our dog in the house as he had 2 K-9s and another officer on the grounds.
Ultimately, the K-9s ran down two 18 yo’s in the woods who were soaking wet, scared to death and apparently happy to be handcuffed and safely stashed in police criuser by early dawn.
I asked my son about this after. He was not conflicted at all with his role. He said if he had come across a couple of 16 yo’s stealing a tv, he would have leveled the shotgun and said, “put it down and get the **** out of my house”. Had it been armed intruders, he said he would have emptied the shotgun with upper body shots.
I work closely with a number of law enforcement officers. They pretty much echo the aussie police…
“Dead men don’t talk (testify).”
The next day, I heard one of the “old-timers” on the next street had happened by the cruiser with the two teens. He looked 'em in the eye and said, “You’re lucky, I would have shot you both”.
I know that they are people who do not approve of this and I respect your right to your opinion. However, JMO, anyone who knowingly puts their family in danger is a fool.
I’m reminded of one of Dirty Harry’s classic lines,
"[I]When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher’s knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross[/I]"