First let me just say that I have been on here looking at different situations and incidents. I never, ever in my life thought I would post an incident on here. I live in Illinois where carrying will land one in jail for years.
Last night my wife, my two little boys, and I came home from almost a 10 day vacation to Florida. We arrived around 8 pm and started unloading the truck. I had disarmed upon entering Illinois, and forgot to arm myself as soon as I got home. After the truck was unloaded I grabbed the pistol and shotgun, took them upstairs and did not load either.
My wife and I sat down after unloading the truck, tucking our boys in and just rested. After an hour or so my wife went to bed and I was left downstairs.
The young lady who watched our home while we were on vacation went with our church group to go camping...so I thought she wasn't coming to drop off the keys. About two hours (11:15) after my wife goes to bed I hear my front screen door open and then someone trying to get into the house. I at first thought it was my housesitter, so I jumped up and grabbed my shorts. (sitting in skivvies) Then I heard a loud boom...two in fact. Someone was trying to get into my home...I yelled (still thinking it was my house sitter) "Don't come in here...hold on!!) then it the screen door slammed shut and I realized then it wasn't my house sitter. I ran upstairs, grabbed my .45 and loaded it, grabbed my surefire and went down stairs. I made sure no one was standing out there, opened the door and scanned the front yard with my surefire. I then went to another window and scanned the back yard and my truck. Went back to the front door and see someone about 50 yards down the road walking/jogging across the street. He was a medium build black guy in his teens or early twenties.
I made sure that my house alarm was on instant and went to bed..went to work for a couple of hours and came home. This when I see the two foot prints and a large crack in my door panel. I must have scared them off when I yelled...good thing too as I only had my knives on me with my shorts. I can only assume that God took care of me there...now I will always carry on me while at home. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. My wife is now a believer in me being armed at home...she tolerated it at first and now she wants her shotgun back upstairs and wants me to train her how to chamber a round. I've taken her shooting with it and she's good with it.
Now I have to buy a new door so i'm waiting for the door guys to come and install a metal door for me...going to cost me close or just above 500.00 to make sure my door is solid and reinforced, but I'll pay that and so much more to make sure my family is safe.
This has made me so mad today...thinking "what if" without my .45. I would have made them pay dearly to get past me, but at what cost. Never again.
Advice is accepted and asked for...