This is inspired by the "homeower vs. BLM" thread also running, but not limited to that exact scenario. This is a hypothetical, so the idea of "I would never get in that situation" doesn't apply. For whatever reason, you are in this situation. And yes, I know, there is never enough information and details could change things. The details should be part of the discussion.
- You are at your suburban home. (whether you actually live in the 'burbs or not - it's a hypothetical)
- Protesters are marching by and they are getting rowdy, possibly throwing things.
- It looks like they might come in your yard and approach your house.
- You are armed.
- You have called the police. They won't help, but just to check the box.
- Your goals are to, if possible, avoid personal injury, legally deter property damage, not make things worse and not go to jail.
- Of course, you are being video recorded from several cell phones in the crowd.
- Do you stand out front with a gun as a deterrent, or stay inside behind cover?
- They are going to be yelling and baiting you. What do you say back, if anything?
- What is your ideal primary weapon? Handgun, carbine, shotgun?
- If it is a shotgun, what do you think about having non-lethal rounds to start? If that is a good idea, what kind? Tear gas? Rubber bullets? Plastic pellets? Koosh pellets? (that is a thing) My guess is even blanks may get them to scatter. We always say warning shots are a bad idea, but would this be an exception?
- When would it rise to a level you would consider shooting for effect? In my state, the threshold is "Imminent threat of grave bodily harm." I'd be pretty close to that from the get-go, but the law might not see it that way. Obviously incoming live rounds or threat thereof make the range hot, but what about the gray areas? Thrown rocks? Molotov cocktail about to be thrown? A half dozen of them coming at you? And if it is that last one, how close would you let them get? Any difference on your threshold with lethal vs non-lethal ammo?
- Here is big one: Say you do get incoming rounds and it is clear lethal force SD situation. You still have a crowd. I think you are only going to be legally justified shooting at the shooter. Even if you see the shooter, how do you avoid collateral damage?
- What other tactical considerations would you have?