Hello, due to my father's occupation we are under constant threat- as in, literal death threats. I have often pondered how to react in a given situation. I haven't had any training or anything, and I do not have my concealed carry permit (I am underage). My dad, also, refuses to keep his handgun (a taurus Judge) loaded. I have tried to convince him to have it loaded, because it will be useless if it isn't. Anyways, I currently live at home, and I always thought "if someone breaks into our home and has a weapon or is an obvious threat to me or my family, I will not hesitate to shoot" (I keep all my guns in my room, although usually unloaded, although I might start keeping my shotgun loaded, it certainly doesn't do any good unloaded, however I figured I might have time to go into my closet and load it while the perpetrator is distracted with my parents) So this is completely hypothetical, but I would like to contemplate the scenario before it actually happens, so that I don't have any regrets due to spur of the moment thinking. Here is the scenario that I am recently troubled with- Let's say I wake up in the middle of the night to some commotion, and I grab my weapon. I exit my room and make my way through my house to find my parents being held at gun point. The perpetrator is occupied with my parents and doesn't notice me sneaking up on him in the dark (If he were to see me and move the gun in my direction, considering my parents were well out of the way, obviously I would blast him) Should I shoot or try to negotiate? Someone brought to my attention that in a scenario like that, pulling out a gun or shooting an individual may cause them to start opening fire and killing people. The last thing I want to do is have my parents killed, if it could have been avoided by cooperating and not trying to fight back. I never gave it any thought. My thought is, I didn't cause the man to pull the trigger, that is on him. Also, there is no way of knowing if I would have not opened fire or came at the perp. with a gun, whether or not he would have killed us. The question is, given this situation- me finding my parents at gunpoint in the middle of the night (or day, whenever), do I open fire? Do I try to negotiate? Or do I just "cooperate", hoping the man doesn't kill me or my family? The last option seems stupid to me, but like I said I wouldn't want to bring out a gun if it triggers the ******* into going into full on attack mode. But how the hell would I know how he will react? My thought is, if he doesn't want to get killed, don't come into my house waving a gun at my family. Also, let's say I cannot get a clear shot- my parents are behind the target (the perp) and I don't want to risk any collateral damage. What the hell do I do? I want to be prepared for this ****, I mean, most likely it will never happen, and I sure as hell hope it doesn't, but if it does I want to know what the hell I am doing. All I have is a .22 pistol, a .22 rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun (with bird shot), and a .30-.30. That's all I got to work with, I mean I could get some buck shot (but if it happened tonight, I would only have birdshot, so I'd havta make due) but I'm pretty sure getting blasted with some bird shot in the torso from 5 feet away would screw a man up. I am banking on the shotgun, I have it in a fairly easily accessible position. What are your thoughts? Thanks. By the way- this goes for anything- not just my parents. Let's say someone has a gun pointed at someone who isn't me- (obviously an attacker pointing a gun at an innocent person, no confusion about that). When should I pull a weapon (if I had a carry permit) and when should I shoot? When should you NOT draw your weapon?