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Guns in the Home Surprise Criminals

abcdefz Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:01 AM
God, I can see what the "Shoot the one with the bead on you" guy means... but I can't imagine the feelings behind having someone I care about at direct and deadly risk. I'd shoot MYSELF if they came to harm as I played Harry Callahan...
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 1:56 PM
Moron. Maybe you SHOULD just shoot yourself now.
You shoot trying to kill the perp, you're not likely to make an accidental shot capable of killing your loved one. Better a grazing that drops her out of the way and opens the monster for a kill.
rficara Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 12:23 PM
At that range the pattern of the shotgun would be about 3". You could take the one whose head was furthest away and then engage the other if he didn't flee. Most of the time when you give in to a hostage taker you never see the hostage again.


(This true-crime event took place the night of Nov. 13th 1981.)

A duck hunt loomed in the morning so I hit the bed early, where my wife Shirley (six-months pregnant) was reading. Elaine, her sister, was due home from the show any minute……

Suddenly all hell broke loose downstairs— door crashed in, shrieks, bumps, whacks. “Shut-up!”

“Oh NO!! NO!!”


Geezum! Somebody broke in?! And I could hear Elaine screaming. I leaped from my bed to the gun rack, grabbed the pump shotgun and started slipping in shells.

“Don’t shoot!” came Elaine’s cry from the darkness downstairs. She...