i don't lock my car, i don't lock my house, but i do keep the 'boys' close, just in case...a 38 special (just like the 3rd bear's bed, fits me just right), and a few others too big for me.....if someone can find my house with all the switchbacks and dark dirt roads, they just might be someone i know...actually, our friends can't even find our house...with directions! and even if they've been there before!..honestly, i'd be more afraid of a bear breaking into my house than a person.(i do lock up in the summer when the bears are out)... seriously though,how do you/would you know if its an intruder or the sheriff, or someone simply asking for directions? seems like a waste of a good bullet... mainly, i just keep the 'boys' for bears and coyotes and things that go 'bump in the night'(husbands excluded), but if i did have an intruder, i would just wake up my husband...oh, and trust me on this,an intruder would not get past the dog...that dog would die for me,kill someone that was trying to harm me, pure and simple...nice to know.....of course an intruder could shoot her, at which point, i would just blow the living crap out of them,no questions asked, end of intrusion...someone kills your dog, it ain't gonna get any better... think one of the best things i did for myself was to take a self defense/gun course.....knowledge is always empowering! god, do i sound like oprah?
a sign on a neighbor's gate reads," if you can read this sign, you're in range"...god, i love the west...they don't waste alot of words!
after thinking a bit, just wanted to add....
i have spent half my life sailing on boats throughout the caribbean,mexico, bahamas and u.s.a. i have had guns held to my person, and to my head actually, by drug runners, pirates, robbers & the us coast guard, in port and out at sea... one black starless night while sailing through the bahamas on our way southward to the lesser antilles, we were most definitely being chased down by pirates. know what i had in my hands on the stern?..a cast iron skillet and my 9" chefs knife(naivete being everything), but i was scared witless. capt/hubby shot off flares, which will certainly drop a man where he stands..we had no guns, no weapons, not a good feeling to be so completely vulnerable...i have had more than a few friends murdered from sailing pirates boarding them unsuspectedly. they died because they either were trying to reason or had no weapons to defend themselves....now i have a gun and i know how to use it.. given those circumstances again, there is no doubt that i would shoot....maybe not first, but i would certainly defend.....lesson #1 don't point a gun if you don't know how to use it. i do now...possible solutions other than gun totin? maybe rubber bullets? bb's?, flare guns?...just to scare a little.. okay, tha's all i got
Edited by durangojo - 2/16/11 at 4:00pm