Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by Xtrozero
That sucks X.
So I take it, your neighbor wasn't armed? I also take it shes not cautious to strangers knocking at the door late at night? I only ask. Not that
everyone with a weapon, should have it locked and loaded, only that even those who are armed can have this happen to them. Personally, if someone is
knocking at the door late, I would be wary. Maybe wary enough to grab my gun first, and ask who is it, last.......
edit on 24-1-2013 by sonnny1 because: (no reason given)
You know Sonny, back in the days when I went armed, I had a peculiar way of answering knocks at the door after sundown. I'd jam a Browning HP35 into
the back of my waistband, so that it wasn't immediately apparent or threatening, then set my foot as a doorstop so that the door wouldn't open more
than a foot or so if it got rushed, find out who was at the door - or who they claimed to be - then just open it enough to confirm. Now, if anyone on
the other side had rushed the door when it cracked open, they'd have certainly been able to get it open, after a short delay caused by my foot being
in the way.
That delay was all I needed.
Once, during a rash of home invasion robberies in my area, I broke that rule. It was 03:15 in the morning, and whomever was at the door didn't bother
knocking - they just tried to come in. I blew a 3 inch hole completely through my door, which entirely ruined the storm door, with a shotgun. They
went away. Quickly. It just didn't strike me as particularly proper to try forced entry into a house out in the middle of nowhere at that hour of
night, without announcing yourself, and all that in the middle of a rash of home invasions. Now, some might say "what if it was a neighbor needing
the phone?" I didn't have a phone, annoying contraptions that they are, and all my neighbors knew that. they also knew that it wasn't particularly
safe to poke around my place without me knowing they were there. I'm reasonably confident it wasn't a neighbor. Any "lost drunks" would have had
to stagger a half mile in the dark, through the woods, to even find my door, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't one of them, either.
Now I'm older. I don't have the strength, the speed, or the reflexes for that sort of thing any more. I don't have a gun. What I DO have, no one
has thought of to outlaw. Sucks for miscreants. If the need ever arises, they'll find parts of said miscreants strung out for as far as they are able
to stagger, and I won't even be out of breath. I can't afford to be - I'm too old for that sort of thing now.
This victimization of innocents and the infirm really needs to be addressed. For most, a little gun and a lot of awareness would see them through, and
here we are, in the 21st century, when such things are apparently too "uncivilized" for us.
When are they gonna convince the BAD GUYS that it's uncivilized?