During the turbulent birth of our country, our forefathers gave us the right to bear firearms via the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution. There are many ongoing debates, pro & con on this topic. After several years, I fully understand that most often, police respond to a call well after the crime has been committed. Crime prevention is relinquished to the individual.
In those States that offers the privilege of offering conceal carry licenses, the crime rates have shown to be substantially less than those States with stringent gun control. New York & Washington D.C. Are the prime example of States with strict anti-gun laws, yet their crime rates are well above average. One thing is for certain, Criminals will never have the shortage of guns, no matter what State they happen to be in, and very often their firepower exceed those of our law enforcement agencies, we are however making great progress in that aspect.
Made the decision that your home and family would be protected via firearms, is a decision that may not be viable for all. Brandishing a weapon toward an intruder is needed to safeguard your family, but could be a fatal error for yourself! Protecting with a firearm requires a mindset of being able to use that firearm, to pull the trigger if the situation requires it, and continue to do so until the threat has been dealt with. This may sound harsh, but seasoned criminals will often be able to tell if a homeowner is using his weapon for show or is actually serious about using it.
There have been many instances where a homeowner did not have the mindset to actually use his/her weapon, only to have it snatched by the intruder and get injured or killed by their own gun.
In my case, should an intruder invade my home and poses a threat to myself or loved ones, I will not hesitate to shoot him/her until the threat has been dealt with. My aim will be for the center of mass, a double tap will be fired (2 shots), then I will evaluate the situation and if the threat persists will again fire until there are no more threats and the intruder is able to follow my instructions. If a member of my family has not called 911 by that time, a call will be made for police help & medical services for the intruder.
Protection of one’s family is a very important decision which should involve all adults in the home. Firearms are not the answer for everyone. Many people feel that they will never become victims in their own home & that if a need arises, their local police agency will be there to protect them.
I suggest that home protection be a subject discussed at home among adults, that a plan is decided upon should trouble find you if it involves firearms make sure that SAFETY is your first objective and followed by proficiency with whatever weapon you choose. Do not get weapons that are too much for you, it is much better to be able to hit your target with a smaller caliber than to just miss and make loud noises.
Wishing All a Great & Quiet Life.