What situation, if any, caused you to become more home defense oriented?
I know many of you may keep loaded guns just for peace of mind, but have any of you actually had some sort of scary incident happen that made you more defense oriented at home? For me, it was when I was 19 and still living at home with my mother who had recently gone through a divorce. She was doing online dating, when she attracted a stalker. I never actually met him, but he would wait until I had gone out with friends to send my mom disturbing emails and give hints to her that he was in the backyard. We filed a police report, but this did not stop it. One night before I went to bed, I went to shut off the back porch light when I heard a voice and saw shadows move near the side of the house. I went and got my shotgun, but by the time I got outside there was no one there. He sent my mother an email later on that night with a picture of a grave stone in it and again hinted that he was there. Did I mention he lived over an hour away? This went on for several weeks and he showed up one night when I had a few friends over. Our German shepherd dog went ballistic in the backyard, which was half way illuminated by a pole light which left the back portion of the one acre yard hidden in darkness behind trees and shrubs. We all ran outside, because I had let them know what was going on a few days earlier, and went towards where the dog was barking. When we got to the back part of the yard, we heard someone scaling the chain link fence across the yard from us. We were never able to catch them. After doing some research online, I was able to find out where he worked and sent him an email, giving him his address and letting him know that I knew his place of work. I told him I would show up there in the middle of the day and confront him in front of all of his co workers if this did not stop. This did the trick and we never had an issue with him again. I remember being both angry and scared at the same time, because I never knew exactly what to expect from him and he always seemed to bother us late at night around the time we would normally be asleep. Ever since then, not a single night goes by that I do not remember this and keep a loaded gun hidden, yet near me, when I sleep. I don't know if I will ever sleep the same again, because a situation like this makes you realize how vulnerable you can be when you sleep. I would pull the dresser in front of the door while this issue was going on, so I could hear if someone was trying to get in my room and kept the gun nearby. Please share if you have a similar story and let us know how you handled it.