Well, I totally disagree with you on this. I believe if someone illegally breaks into my home, triggers my alarm and is still there after my two big dogs go after them, then they don't just mean to steal a couple things. Even if they were just to break into my house, how can I not fear for my life, or the life of my family?Originally Posted by Homer
I most certainly will not wait until I am at gunpoint or knifepoint to take action. And shooting someone who broke into my house illegally, when I and my family are there, is most certainly not in cold blood. Going outside and shooting a random stranger is cold blood.
And who said I was Rambo here and wouldn't call the police and just take care of things myself? The first thing I would do, is tell the wife to call the police. Then, give her a weapon and she goes to her safe place. Then I get my weapon and I will go to check out what's going on and protect my dogs. I personally don't want to leave my life and my family's life in the hands of the BG, if I can help it. So to me, sitting in a safe room, hoping the BG or BG's don't break the door down and get shots off before I can do anything about it, waiting for the police to show up, is not something I feel comfortable with. Especially, when the law says I don't have to retreat and I can stand my ground.
Did some research and here's what I found in Georgia Code about Deadly Force regarding Habitation:
"That force is used against another person who is not a member of the family or household and who unlawfully and forcibly enters or has unlawfully and forcibly entered the residence and the person using such force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred;"
Nowhere does it say that I had to believe that I was going to be harmed or killed, nor does it say I have to ID the BG with weapons on his person. If I know it isn't my family and he forced his way into my house, I am within my legal rights to use deadly force.