The fog occurred when you connected the Castle doctrine to shoot first mentality. I think you will find that most people here are more than willing to defend laws that protect our rights to self defense. You will find very few (if any) here that do not agree with identify your target.
Anyway, we can all agree on that last point.
And if you're back on board with Castle Doctrine, we are agreed on all points. :beerchug:
I have taken this in consideration many years ago, before having any children. As it applies to others as well. I discussed this also with both sons and made myself crystal clear. Frankly they are well disciplined enough to not do something that stupid imho. We've had a history with a couple local criminal types and been well "tested" here. So they understand.We have an ADT system that is used and alarms of any window or door opening. Also each firearm for home defense is equipped with a surefire for just this reason. I agree this is something all parents need to drive home.
Last night we had just gotten to sleep when the neighbor started dragging his trashcan down to the street. There is a walkway between our houses, and our houses are close together. When we were startled awake, it sounded like someone was moving furniture downstairs. When I sat up in bed, I reached for my mag light and Glock 23. My girlfriend, although she was startled as well, realized what was making the noise and told me to calm down. She was a little upset and said that she was worried that when her daughter comes home from college for the summer that I may mistake her for an intruder one night and shoot her. I had already thought of that scenario so I told her that I would keep my pistol pointed at the floor with finger off the trigger until I positively identified who it was with my flashlight, and I won't just aim into the darkness and accidentally squeeze off a shot when I am startled.
I was one of those kids who would climb out the window and stay out all night. My mom would take valium and sleep through anything.
This reminds me of an incident years ago when I had roommates. My roommate knew I had a gun and I had told him if you ever hear me calling out to respond to me in order to avoid an accidental shooting.
Well, one night he came home extremely late and woke me up and my dog who started going nuts. I stayed in my room with gun drawn and ready to go. But, I shouted out to him several times. He didn't hear me the first time probably because he was drunk and my dog's barking. But by the time he got close to the top of the stairs he heard me and finally responded that it was just him. I opened up my bedroom door gun in hand but pointed safely at the ground and the look he had was priceless. No harm no foul but we both learned a lesson that day and both stayed safe because I didn't just open fire without having gotten any confirmation at what I would have been shooting at.
Please don't take this as me being presumptuous or sticking my nose where it doesn't belong. Your son is becoming a man and exercising some independence. It may be time to get on the same page as to why he feels he needs to sneak in and out of the home. Top-down, coercive relationships don't prevent criminals from committing crimes within societies and they don't prevent children from breaking the rules within families. But some cooperation, sincerity, honesty, and understanding between you gentleman may help narrow down the people sneaking in and out of your home to only those who need to be met with force.
Security system with windows contact. I've put many systems in just for this reason.