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So you've got 'im at gunpoint...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Drjones, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. Drjones

    Drjones member

    Let's say that someone breaks into your home, and he is visibly unarmed. You confront him, and he does as you order: stop, freeze, whatever.

    Now what? Do you keep him there at gunpoint while someone calls 911? What if you are alone? You can't really call 911 and keep full attention on him, obviously.

    Do you just have him leave? My problem with this is; what if you release him, only to have him strike elsewhere? What if he seriously hurt or killed someone the next time? I'd feel awful, knowing I could have stopped him...

    Like Spidey and his poor Uncle...:(
  2. cheygriz

    cheygriz Well-Known Member

    Keep him covered and contact law enforcement. (DON'T GET WITHIN 10 FEET OF HIM IF YOU CAN AVOID IT!!!!) If you're alone, yell at the neighbor or a passerby to call LE. Order him to lie flat on the floor on his stomach with his arms out and palms up.

    Now the problem! If he tells you to take a flying **** at a rolling donut, and walks away, there isn't a damn thing you can do. If he's trying to escape, you cannot legally (or morally) shoot him.

    Try to memorize every detail that you can about his appearance, clothing ,hair, complexion, build, height, weight, mannerisms, and anything else that can ID him.

    As soon as he leaves, WRITE DOWN everyhing you can about him and give ot to the responding officer.

    If you do that, your conscience should be clear. You've done everyhing you could.
  3. spacemanspiff

    spacemanspiff Senior Member

    you can still cover the threat with one hand holding the firearm and the other holding the cordless phone.

    now heres a countering question:
    if he is fully unarmed, is your finger still on the trigger while it is trained on the intruder?
  4. Kevlarman

    Kevlarman Well-Known Member

    Of course not. My finger is never on the trigger unless I'm in the act of firing the weapon.
  5. sm

    sm member

    Good advice above

    Finger off trigger until ready to shoot
  6. Noban

    Noban Well-Known Member

    Have the perp pick up the phone and call himself in :D
  7. Graystar

    Graystar Well-Known Member

    Why did you give him orders in the first place?? You're not a cop...shoot!

    1 out of every 6 cops that are shot and killed, are shot with their own gun. You are taking an enormous risk by not shooting. You're not responsible for public safety....only your own. Shoot.
  8. HABU

    HABU Well-Known Member

  9. AZTOY

    AZTOY Well-Known Member

    I agree 100%, shoot first then call 911.
  10. Topgun

    Topgun member

    Yeah....by all means....SHOOT.

    The guy probably NEEDS your house and bank account and everything you will earn from now on.

    Cuz that's what he's gonna git when he or his widow/moll/ho/skank calls the law-yah an turns him loose on you.


    Tell me all about the presumption of harm if he is in your house. I can tell you of 10 times as many "mistakes" of poor misguided "drunks" who came in by "accident."

    You NEVER shoot unless you are about to die. Now if you don't have any assets, then go ahead and f-up your life.
  11. spacemanspiff

    spacemanspiff Senior Member

    i suppose then, the rhetorical question is "would your conscience allow you to 'retire' a criminal, even if he/she is unarmed?"

    btw, rhetorical means we arent supposed to answer it, just contemplate it.
  12. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    Work your way to a phone.

    If you suspect someone is in your home, you should already have a phone in your hand.

    If he wants to leave, you can order him to stop, threaten him, but if he wants to leave, let him. Don't try to tackle him, don't try to restrain him, just let him go.
  13. Betty

    Betty Well-Known Member

    If I can get a man to stop without shooting him, than that's easier on all of us. If I feel I'm not in imminent danger of being harmed, I'm not shooting. Less legal hassle, not to mention I don't have to get a new couch because his guts are all over it. If he won't comply and comes after me, then I shoot.

    I'd tell the man to lie prone, hands out, palms up, legs crossed at the ankles. Makes it easier to phone for police with him on the ground. If he runs off, he runs off. If he runs at me...
  14. Pendragon

    Pendragon Well-Known Member

    Well, presuming you have cause to shoot, if goes:

    Shoot, reload then call 911.
  15. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    I know that some people feel that the presence of an uninvited person in your home is an imminent threat that requires immediate application of lethal force.

    I don't.

    I do, however, believe that it is possible to murder someone who breaks into your home.

    And that it's wrong.

    When you shoot someone, your life changes, and likely not exactly for the better.
  16. answerguy

    answerguy Well-Known Member

    That is actually a sensible answer. Push the phone to him, tell him to dial 911 and you yell for the police to come out.

    For me that is going to completely depend on what I caught him doing. If I found him rummaging through my belongings that's one thing, but if he just raped my daughter he's not likely to get out alive.
  17. Matthew Courtney

    Matthew Courtney Well-Known Member

    1)How is someone visably unarmed, unless they are naked?

    2)Every room in my house contains several things which might be used as deadly weapons. What is to prevent this violent felon from arming himself?

    I would likely shoot if there is any chance that the intruder may injur my wife, my children, or me. I have plenty of liability insurance so that I may protect my family and let the insurance company lawyers cover my ASSets.
  18. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    So, how exactly do you tell for sure if someone is unarmed? Ask him? Expecting an honest answer? I doubt that an intruder that was looking for money/goods etc in a house into which he had just broken would have a gun in his hand unless it was within the first minute or so of being inside the house.

    If someone is in my house in the middle of the night while my kids and my wife are upstairs and they don't run as fast as they can the moment they see me, I'm gonna need Stanley Steamer to clean my carpets. I think that 99% of not so bad guys would bolt like lightning so if the guy is standing there looking at me, in my book, he's a real bad guy...

    I can live with being arrested. I can live with giving up my 'right' to legally possess a firearm but I could not live with breathing my last few breaths watching a really bad guy walk up my stairs towards my wife and kids because I hesitated.
  19. G-Raptor

    G-Raptor Well-Known Member

    I would ASSUME that any uninvited person in my house is armed whether I see a weapon or not. Why? Because there are a couple of dozen "deadly weapons" in my garage and kitchen. If he didn't bring a weapon with him, he would have ample opportunity to acquire one once he's inside.

    If he is "apparently" unarmed and between me and the outside door, I would be inclined to give him the option to leave. If he's between me and my wife, or refuses to leave, he's going down on the floor - either on his own or with a hole in his chest. He'll stay there until the police arrive.

    My principal concern in such a situation is the immediate protection of my wife and myself. If some guy wanders in my mistake (not likely), he'll have an opportunity to leave, otherwise...
  20. thumbtack

    thumbtack Well-Known Member

    If I run across uninvited guest in my house I don't think I will take the time to see if he is unarmed or try in engage him in conversation.

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