Run, Or Stay And Fight?

by shanethenurse on July 20, 2012 · 1 comment

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The  yesterday on Facebook I posted a photo of a lady holding handgun. The caption read; I would much rather explain to the police, why an intruder in my home has a hole in his chest, than to have them explain to my loved ones why I was raped and murdered!

One of my female friends posted the same photo and somebody made the comment that it was better to run from your house rather than risk missing the intruder, or there may be more than one intruder. So this got me to thinking about some situations I have encountered over the years.

When I lived near the Southern border the narco gangs would “attempt” a break in in a back bedroom to drive their target out either the front or back door where they were summarily executed. Most of these homes were brick with bars on the windows and the doors, the flimsy kind albeit, so they were a little harder to actually get into. Had the target stayed inside and shot back he may have lived.

I have a friend that lives on the 10th floor with a 4×10 balcony. If somebody comes through the door where is he going to go? To the balcony and then where since it is 100 feet to the ground? I guess he could have his emergency escape rope ready to go. But then how does he get from his bedroom to that balcony to put on his harness, attach his rope and absail off the 10th floor without being noticed or shot?

What if you have a two story house with 3 bedrooms up there and 4 kids? Good luck getting everyone awake and out the windows safely and silently. Yes it can be done if you practice a lot but who will not notice that drill happening and be prepared for it? What if you never prepared because you live in a “safe” area? How far is it to the ground and can everyone in your house get out by themselves. I will just about guarantee that every step you take on the second floor will be heard on the first, so the bad guy(s) will know that you know they are there.

This same guy went on to say that while they were stealing my stuff I could sneak out. My reply to that is this. Most break and enter guys are unarmed because they will just get a b&e theft conviction as opposed to armed robbery if caught. Most b&e guys I have ever met, and I have met a lot of them, never break into a house that is occupied because people call cops or shoot them, which they tend to view as unfavorable. If somebody is breaking into an occupied home they are stupid, stoned, maybe both but they will almost always run like a scared rabbit if they hear any noise. The ones that are not stupid or stoned are the ones that are there to do you harm. Rape you, murder you, or violate your family.

So you have to ask yourself as you are reading this if somebody broke in to your house right now what would you do? Right now I am typing in my bedroom so if they came through the front, rear, or garage door I have the time needed to reach beside me for my Glock and begin to assess the situation. How many intruders and where are they at. My wife is asleep as are my children in two separate bedrooms across the hall with the doors closed. I can assure you if I go out there and try to cross the hall I will be noticed. So I am going to call 911 if I can and hopefully they will show up in their usual 4-5 minute response time while I hope that I do not have to engage the intruder but in the meantime I will be prepared to shoot. If I can get my wife up and have her armed and ready I will do so if it can be done quietly. I can assure you that the whole house will wake when the first shot is fired and I hope everyone remembers to grab their gun and think tactically before opening those bedroom doors. Yes my whole house is armed and every one of my children can shoot well.

Oh yeah here is another thought, go stand at your front door and assess what you see. From my front door I can see the back door, the garage door, and the main hallway, the dining room, part of the kitchen, one bathroom door and the living room. Some days open concept really sucks. Now go to the back door, then the garage door, then to any other door. What do you see? This is what your intruder will see. Ask yourself can you escape undetected? Can you escape through a window silently. Maybe you could get out of the window if it is not too far to the ground, but what about the other people in the house. What if you have little children or somebody handicapped and unable to walk or be moved? Your only real choice then is to stay and be prepared to fight while waiting for the local constabulary to show up.  When the police show up and deal with the guy out front let them know who you are, and where you are, and who else should be in the house, and their locations. Please do so without your weapon.

I do not know about you but I know my home pretty well. I know which boards creak and where they are in relation to my bedroom. I purposely keep the hinges on my front and rear doors squeaky which drives my wife a little crazy but wakes me instantly when they are opened. If everyone is home when I go to bed then who just came in? They will get to meet me and my blind a Smurf flashlight an instant before they get a Pb injection in their cranium and chest. Of course if it somebody that is supposed to be there, like a stupid teenager, that person will get a talking too. 3 out of my 4 children have had the talk. Always verify your target before you shoot.

Another thing this fellow mentioned was what if you miss. I am not going out with a single shot and and only one bullet. I have 17 rounds in that Glock and 4 more magazines just in case, but since I was an Army trained Sniper and spent 2 years on a SWAT team it is unlikely that I will miss, if I do I have 85 rounds total to get it right. If I  cannot get it done with 85 rounds and a maximum shooting distance of 36 feet I will go visit the eye doctor assuming I live.

Do I want a gunfight in my house? Hell no, but since I am already there, and know the layout, and the structural cues I am going to stay and fight. I would rather explain to the police why somebody is dead on my floor and be judged by 12 if needs be than have anyone in my house carried by 6.

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Matt Hartenberger November 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Good read…good food for thought. I don’t ever want to be in the position where I have to kill somebody. But…if it comes down to them or my family…I definitely wouldn’t hesitate.

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