Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Home Is My Castle - and Other Doctrines

"arms...discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. ...Horrid mischief would ensue were (the law-abiding) deprived the use of them."
 -- Thomas Paine

The average response time in one study of a large city in Texas in 2004 to a class 3 burglar alarm was 32 minutes.  Response time, on average, for 911 calls today?  10 minutes.

The time it takes a bullet to reach the meth addict with a bad attitude and a knife kicking in my front door?
 
1200 feet per second.

If I can avoid danger without conflict while on the street I will do so, removing myself from that which might pose a threat, before it does. But the only time I am going to run from my own home is if the Crème Brûlée meets acetylene torch Christmas party dessert gets out of hand or if the house is flooding.

The only time I'm going to hide in my home in fear, praying I won't be hurt, is if a tornado is approaching (you know how those go, there's some video on TV with some guy taping the approaching tornado entering their backyard while  in the background  some woman is screaming "Earl, Dammit, you get down here in this basement  now!  Earl!!!!")

It's known as Castle Doctrine and it can vary state to state.  If you are law abiding and intend to stay that way and keep a firearm in your house, get to know the law for your area.  They can be complicated but it's still better protection than unicorns and a moat.

21 comments:

Bob said...

There goes another bubble popped....

I have always like the idea of a moat, drawbridge and alligators.

Too much fantasy and Sci Fi when I was a kid.

Dick said...

Straight forward advice. Yes, I have seen those videos about the idiot Earl.

Cond0011 said...

To judge from the history of mankind, we shall be compelled to conclude that the fiery and destructive passions of war reign in the human breast with much more powerful sway than the mild and beneficent sentiments of peace; and that to model our political systems upon speculations of lasting tranquillity would be to calculate on the weaker springs of human character."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34, 1788

Lois Evensen said...

You got that right!

Sherry said...

Amen! I continue to be amazed at the number of women in my area who are now getting pistol permits. I've had mine for decades - back in the days when concealed carry wasn't cool!

Wolfman said...

I've been working on My Lovely Wife about the moat. Still don't quite have her convinced... and how awesome would a fast response attack unicorn be?

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Not a problem in Colorado as long as it is your home and property.

Still, some of our asshat District Attorneys will force you to spend money on a lawyer.

Cond0011 said...

Hey! Is that "Henri, the French Cat" in the 2nd picture?

Just wondering, is all... :)

john bord said...

The local laws of the area, there should not be such a qualifying statement.

Basically any law that restricts the carry and usage of a gun is illegal but because of lawmakers wanting compromise that has changed. Not sure when that will change but it would be nice if the NRA stood up for their principals along with the other gun groups and started challenging the restrictive laws.

For me to defend self there should not be any questions involved.

As we lose freedoms under the second amendment our other freedoms are eroded.

Old NFO said...

Oldest daughter had someone attempt to break in Thursday night, they broke a window in grandson's room, and he came awake, they apparently thought he was a man (he IS a big kid), and ran. Cops response time? NEVER- She called 911, they asked if the perp was still there, or had anyone been shot. She said no, they said, "File a report online"...

I'll be buying her and grandson more ammo for Christmas...

MSgt B said...

Dammit.

I spent all that time digging the moat, just to find out those weren't really unicorns I bought, just llamas with sticks duct-taped to their heads.


Maybe I can sell them to a democrat...

Mrs. S. said...

And most homeowners insurance companies do not cover water damage if the moat springs a leak into the basement.

Although throwing disgusting things out of the 2nd story windows on intruders worked quite well in the middle ages.

Cond0011 said...

"Although throwing disgusting things out of the 2nd story windows on intruders worked quite well in the middle ages."

Yea... what Mrs. S said.

...and watch out for Trojan Horses in the shape of a Killer-Rabbit, too. That Trebuchet of yours might come in handy if ever that happens.

Wolfman said...

MsgB- I certainly wouldnt trust a llama with a stick, those suckers are vicious!

Brigid said...

Bob - I could never keep Barkley out of the moat though.

Dick - I've spent a night or two in the bathtub as a tornado rolled through, having no basement, It's never as fun as it looks like on TV.

Wolfman - fast response tactical unicorn with laser sights. Yes!

Cond0011 - I do believe it is.

john bord - we have states that don't have the same freedom as others. That is just wrong.

Old NFO - I'm glad they are OK. More ammo, it will come in handier than a cop most of the time.

MSgtB - you bought the Llama Volt, priced 2 times as much as the regular llama, half the power, and the poop you have to pick up after makes it hardly worth the feed for it.

Mrs. S - I personally plan on going to the second story and flnging out soy burgers and slim fast meal replacement bars.

Brighid said...

Guess the ol irrigation ditch around the bunkhouse with blowup gators isn't going to cut it...

Mick said...

The one time we had someone in the house uninvited was at 0300. Response time? 1.5 hours. I still don't want to look over the top of a pistol while wonderful wife backs me up with a 12 ga. Police found a zip-stripped perp I'd become old friends with.

Jennifer Hast said...

Here in Oklahoma, the siren means, "Hey ya'll lets go stand in the yard and look at the sky. Would ya grab me a cold one on yer way through?" We hide when we see funnels and the sky looks like pea soup. I think Earl is from here.
I tried the unicorns and moat thing. Darndest thing. Did you know unicorns can't swim?

RonF said...

My daughter was in this weekend from the Boston area to go to a wedding. We hung out and talked last night, along with my wife. Somehow the discussion turned to guns. Understand that this is highly unusual. Of the 3 of us (my wife, my daughter and I) I'm the only one who has ever handled a gun. Yet I found myself hearing my daughter and my wife talking about how they should probably learn how to use them. My wife doesn't want to learn how to trap shoot, but she does want to learn about how to use the shotgun in case someone forces entry to the house while I'm not there. As it happens the shotgun is at the gunsmith, but when I get it back I'm going to take her up on that. You could have knocked me off my chair with a feather when she said that.

RonF said...

Brigid, if you want a moat for protection, having Barkley in it could be a feature, not a bug.

Brigid said...

Brighid - blow up gaters! Ha!

Jennifer - they can't swim and if they try and crawl in your boat (no seriously we're just redistributing the life raft) they poke a hole in it and everyone drowns.

Mick - I've a couple folks like that, who have promised to come look me up after they get out of jail (one actually threatened to show up and rape me and being the delicate flower that I am, I responded with "good, bring someone with a dick"). I had a couple folks watching my place when he DID get out. He was too cowardly to try anything.

So yes, I get it.

RonF - that's wonderful! A female friend started with skeet, she's very tiny, about 5 feet and 90 pounds and soon she was looking for big pistols. And no, you can NOT keep Barkley out of the water.