Should a homeowner be able to legally shoot an unarmed intruder, even if there is no explicit threat of violence?
There would have to be a threat of violence for that to happen. Calm yourself.
Bryank21 you are an absolute idiot, no argument you make is valid. Are you so naive to think that any unwelcome intruder wouldn't take your life and without hesitation your belongings?
Yay then they could sue your ass, shoot to kill
I fucking dare you to break into my home. You won't be around to tell your side of why you were an idiot.
They can trap intruders in their basement and go jigsaw on them for all I care
I'm 27 and in great shape and I'll be realistic enough and honest enough to say that I'd have quite a time busting through a window to make a big enough hole to crawl through on my own. Now, if I had a weapon to bash it with, that's a different story. But then the intruder would have a weapon...
I think breaking a house window enough to crawl inside of it is harder than you think... Not so much like in the movies.
mjohn, I'm an elderly person by most standards, and I DO have the strength to break a window, at least. I do get your point, but elderly does not = frail. Agree completely about locking windows & doors, though.
Thank you. I thought maybe I was the only one who noticed this. (Although I agree with the other commenter that you're not a murderer if the person doesn't die.) I was even more appalled by the person who said if they saw someone running down the street with their tv, they'd shoot them in the back.
So are knives then.
Not if they don't die.
Breaking into someone's house, aka being an INTRUDER, is in itself a threat of violence. Did you eat paint chips as a kid or something?!?
Thanks. I'd like to thank all the little people for making this possible...
Bryan you're a moron. People need to take responsibility for their actions. Guns are inanimate. They do not think, move, or act on their own. Therefore they do not kill people.
That's idiotic. Guns are weapons that make it a hell of a lot easier to kill people. So guns kill people.
That's not the damn question! It's not saying if YOU think there's always a threat if violence, it's saying if there's NO threat.
The question was "If there is NO explicit threat of violence" not "if there IS a threat if violence" so basically you're all saying it's ok to shoot someone if there's no threat of violence. You're all murderers, congrats.
Or blaming Hustler for Carpal tunnel
There is always a threat of violence with intruders, especially if they haven't announced themselves.
Yup, shot to warn or disable vehicle (for those of us who own land)
A criminal's worst fear; the victim is armed...
Yes!!! But I would just shoot him in the leg or something so it wouldn't kill him/her but he still couldn't get away.
If I ever find someone in my house who has not been invited there at any time for any reason, I'll get at least one shot off no questions asked. Trying to mess with me and my life? What a stupid thing for someone to do...
Someone breaking on is bad. Shoot if you perceive your life is in danger.
When seconds count, the police are minutes away...
No gun has ever killed anyone, the person holding the gun is the one who did the killing... Oh... Btw, it like blaming spoons for making people fat.
Dumb people are bad. They are an excuse and hurt innocent people...
Gun are bad! The are an excuse and hurt innocent people
You must be an AWFUL shot! If a can hit a deer in the lungs at 100 yards with a handgun then I can certainly hit a kneecap at ten feet with a handgun... Not saying I wouldn't aim for center mass, but maybe I've just had more shooting experience than most, because I'm very confident in my aim.
There's my point about keeping your doors and windows locked. Most elderly people don't have the strength to bust through a window or break down a door. So if someone breaks into your house, they are a threat.
mjohn, I wrote replies to you that accidentally got posted to the comment just above mine. In brief, intruding may be criminal, but in the ordinary course of events - if judges in court - i itself, it is not punishable by death. And it MAY be an accident.
There's certainly that possibility, mjohn. In the Boulder case I mentioned, though, it happened to be a woman. Occasionally it's been an elderly person with Alzheimer's.
Armed or looking at/touching my family or friends:headshot. Stealing an object: shoot em in the kneecap, tie em up, and take em to the big house.
Should not have been drunk.
You can't wait until danger is present often times.
Just because it's by accident, doesn't mean that the intruder isn't going to be threatening. Drunk people get violent all the time. What happens when the drunk kid crawls in bed with your daughter because he thinks he's at home with his girlfriend?
Trained police officers shoot unarmed, unthreatening people and get away with it all the time. Why should untrained, frightened home owners get that same treatment?
Lol Santa is going to have a tough time this christmas.... But In seriousness I would shoot, no one is going to hurt my loved ones. I don't care if they have a weapon or not
In the wise words of Clint Eastwood, "Get off my lawn!"
how would you know that intruder is not trying to make you comfortable BEFORE they attack you? just be cautious thats all..don't be trigger happy
Shot him. He will more then likely be robbing people again after he gets out of prison.
Mjohn, possession with intent to distribute is just about the quantity. It really does a have nothing to do with the mindset. This is good and necessary because mindset cannot be proven.
Shooting a home invader is not murder.
Just because it's not as easy doesn't mean I'd take any longer.
And no. I wouldn't shoot the raccoon. I'd catch it in a net or a blanket or something, take it outside, and decapitate it with a hatchet. It's quieter and less messy that way.
A baby isn't presenting a credible threat of violence.
If he points his gun at you, he can kill you; you've waited too long. If there's a criminal brandishing a firearm, that is a credible death threat to everyone present.
WolfInThePen, the pictures of Treyvon I saw on the news were from when he was 8.