Originally Posted by GLOCK17OD
If someone broke into your home and was unarmed what would you do.
About a year ago I was put in the situation that I thought I was going to have to make this decision.
Long story short, my dog woke me up growling at the window (which is next to our sliding glass door in the back)
Our dog is very quiet, never known to growl, but he wouldn't shut up and his hair was standing up on his back, wouldn't back down at all. I looked out the window and saw two guys standing on my back porch right by the glass door.
At the time, the only firearm I had readily available was my Shotgun (I had been showing it to a friend a few hours before I went to bed) and, for some stupid reason, I had put my "home protection" hand gun in the gun vault instead of my dresser drawer.
So anyways, I was standing in my kitchen, in the dark, with a cumbersome 12 gauge, ready for these two thugs to break into my house.
I can tell you from experience it's the single most "**** my pants" moment that i've ever experienced in my entire life (and will probably remain as such)
Luckily for me (and for them) they appeared to be running from the police, because a few minutes after all of this started going down (though it seemed like a life time) I saw a police car driving slowly through my neighborhood with his spot light going all around in between houses and what not. As the squad car got closer, they hauled ass.
But regardless, i'll never forget that feeling of pure adrenaline and that fear of "The moment has come, I may very well have to take a mans life tonight"
It was through that feeling that I gained a newer, even deeper, appreciation for our men & women in law enforcement and the military.
So to answer your question: Yes, I'd absolutely shoot them unless i was 110% sure they were unarmed and they got down on the floor and gave me no inclination that they'd try to harm me or my wife...and since that 100% assurance is unlikely to happen until 'after the fact' ... i'm afraid one of them, if not both, would have met their demise that night.