I have experience with and own weapons, but also stay in countries a lot where these things aren't around. I understand the point the OP and others
are making buuuuut ... some of it I just can't agree with.
Persons will throw shoes at me, buuuuuuuut ...
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I think once you choose to fight, you've entered a fight for your life ...whether you realize it or not. You or the bad guy are dying that day...
[sic] not likely by the criminal deciding that way while in the same end position.
My advice without a gun is simply. You are GOING TO DIE if you don't fight like it.
What I'm talking about is killing by any means necessary.
Originally posted by Hefficide
Cops can advise all they want. Anyone comes in my front door uninvited, I'm shooting.
A lot of this is going to needlessly escalate a situation that can be controlled. Most burglars don't want to hurt or kill anyone, they want easy
targets the majority of the time. They are often poor, desperate, or they have some other issues that make them do these things.
I'm not saying don't defend yourself, but as a person picking up weapon (knife, gun or rock in a sock) I think your loved ones, yourself, and the
person you will attack deserve some research so you know what you're getting into. Yelling is not the worst advice ever.
Stats are not from a mega recent study (2003 - 2007) but I think it doesn't matter ... you should try to be aware of the state of the area you are
living in when making these decisions:
27.6% of burglaries, a household member was present during the burglary. In 26% of that figure,there was a victim of violent crime.
So is about a 1 in 4 chance of a 'violent crime' when someone invades your home if you are home. Not good numbers so far, but we keep going.
In 10.9% of violent burglaries rape or serious injury was involved. 55.7% involved no injury. 33.4% were classified as minor injury.
Now is looking a bit better. Roughly this means (I did maths quick, so maybe mistakes) if you're home when a burglar enters:
2.83% chance of rape or serious injury
14.42% no injury but violence occurs
8.684% minor injury
11.514 % chance of any injury at all, 2.83% of that chance of is serious injury or rape.
Offenders were known to their victims in 65% of violent burglaries; offenders were strangers in 28%. Rest are classified as 'unknown offender'
due to lack of information. Source
Around half of the known people are partners / intimates / ex persons. I guess violence is more likely when it's personal.
Further to this, 61% of offenders are unarmed and 12% actually bring a gun of some kind.
It's important to know this type of information for your self defense, weapon or not. Obviously some of this will vary from area to area ... if you
live in an area dominated by violent gangs that kill persons regularly and you've upset Al Pacino and owe Robert DeNiro money ... perhaps yes, you
will be fighting for your life ...
Chances are though:
- The person invading your house is poor / desperate or at least not looking for a fight. By all means arm yourself buuuuuuut perhaps do not
impersonate Steven Seagal and hide on the cieling with a knife in your teeth covered in vaseline
Is just my advice and thoughts sooooo can ignore. I have pointed a gun at persons on my property before, and have also had uninvited people in my home
without a gun available. Am just saying that I'm not saying the following without ever having been in the situation ... the reason I think this way
is cos its happened to me:
- Know in advance where weapons are in your home
- Know in advance where phone is
- Have draft text message prepared for close by neighbours
- Ensure in advance you (and loved ones) can escape every room in the house even if it means breaking glass
- Descending from the cieling like a vaseline covered bat without warning will escalate the situation ... most burglars will run if disturbed or
challenged ... most humans will fight if attacked by a vaseline bat creature
- Don't corner the person ... make sure they can escape if given the oppurtunity
- Think twice if a person is leaving before attacking / chasing / shooting ... is is seductive to say they gave up their rights when they broke the
law but ... you are not God.
- Know the statistics and dangers in your local area
The cops in the video didn't give the best advice ... but cops are like any other persons ... they don't honestly plan or think about these things
most of the time!