Originally Posted by JohnK3
bangbang, what's your point?
When I am at home, I rarely lock my doors. Why? Simple. Why not?
I do not have a responsibility to lock my doors. The bad guys have a responsibility to stay out of my house. You'll find no mat on my front door that says "Welcome" so that excuse is gone.
Don't let the current inversion of common sense unduly influence your thought-patterns. What legal, moral reason could someone have for coming into my house uninvited, whether I have the door locked or not? I'm not invading their privacy or their home, they're invading mine. I didn't drag them off the street, hold a gun to their head and say "Walk into my home uninvited!"
I understand what you are saying but to me, it is prudent to lock the doors in your home.
In my mind, an unlocked door invites trouble- a jury may possibly interpret unlocked doors as negligence (depends on where you live- remember liberals are not rational folks- they tend to be idealists) or even an enthusiastic desire to engage in lethal defense that would otherwise not be necessary.
Distance is your friend, there isnt any tactical advantage in allowing the bad guy to get close to you (an unlocked door allows for comparetively silent entry). Forced entry is likely to produce noise allowing you more reaction time and underscoring to the jury that you aren't some "gun nut" waiting for the chance to kill but rather a level headed citizen engaging in self-defense. Forced entry equates to the homeowner not having any choice, it was either the bad guy or you.
Others may see this differently, that is ok- just my .02 folks
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