Man put in closet where guns were; suspect shot
HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston police say a group of thieves broke into a house and forced a resident into a closet so they could ransack the place.Heh. Heheheheheheheheheheh... Now, see, a lot of folks sent this to me thinking I'd identify with the homeowner. There may be a few firearms (safely and legally) stored in my closet. The thing is, I don't think I would have engaged the burglars. Not that I'd be afraid to, mind you, but that I'd spend so much time trying to decide which of my guns I should grab that they'd finish ransacking the place and leave long before I ever got out...
The closet chosen during the Tuesday afternoon home invasion was the one where the resident kept his guns.
This is one of those cases where what you *should* do and what you most likely *would* do are pretty divergent. Honestly, if you're the only person in the house, the smartest thing to do would be to arm up, call 911, and wait in the closet while covering the door. You're in a known area, they're not likely to just start shooting at you (else they would have killed you rather than stuff you in a closet), and you're armed should they hear the police and decide you'd make a good hostage.
But, really, how likely are you going to be to actually do that? Here you are, stuffed in your own closet by people ransacking your house. Your. Damn. House. And you're sitting a closet packed with your own guns? Oh hell no. Load up the AR or the Remington 870, and it's time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. You know the layout of your own house; they're certainly not expecting resistance, never mind armed resistance; and as this story showed, a determined homeowner trumps bumblin' burglars every time.
Obviously, a lot depends on your location. In a state like Massachusetts, you're a lot better off hunkering down, calling 911, and hoping your homeowner's insurance premium is paid up to cover anything that's stolen. Even though you may be perfectly justified in confronting the burglars, is it worth the legal costs from the civil suit? If there is no clear and present threat to you or your loved ones, it's a lot cheaper (and much less messy) to let insurance replace any items stolen than to shoot someone, no matter how righteous it may be.
In Texas, of course, they'll fine you for using too small of a caliber...
That is all.