Wifes important question. Need help with the answer. ???
My wife asked me a question last week and I have been stewing on it ever since.
We have 2 teenagers 14, 16. One boy and one girl. We live in a two story home with bedrooms on the second floor up a rather long, enclosed staircase from the front door. We keep home defense weapon on the headboard that is locked during the day and available at night.
Her question was if i was out of town and she felt an intruder was in the house she would not be able to get to the top of the stairs quick enough to identify if it was a child or intruder. She horrified at the thought of shooting one of our children (as I am) but knows she could be overpowered easily at the top of the stairs. One has to guard against being shot with their own weapon as well.
As the kids get older they will have more freedom going in and out and these late night entering situations could happen regularly. When I was growing up we announced ourselves loudly at the front door so my father would not go into attack mode. The difference was the bedrooms their were pretty far from the front door. Here you want to catch someone on the stairs and control access to the upper level.
Need some help here to answer her question and keep the family safe!