Last week, NBC's Today Show aired a segment on home invasion. A long time NYC police offered up some tips on what to do, if you find yourself in this terrible situation. His three tips were:
1. Keep your car keys handy where you sleep, and if there’s a home invasion, hit the horn button to create a lot of noise.
2. Keep a can of hornet and wasp spray handy, and if the invaders enter your room, spray them with it to render them temporarily blind.
3. Sleep with all your bedroom doors open so everyone in the house can hear everything that’s going on.
The first point gave me a good laugh! A car horn is part of the landscape when you live in the city. They go off so often that the neighbors aren’t likely to get up from the TV and take a look.
The second point of keeping a can of repellant handy is also foolish. I have seen and read enough about repellant sprays to know that they don’t always work.
But……There is a small part of the third point that has some merit.
When you have your doors open inside your house, you are able to see and hear everything much easier. If there is a problem in your house such as a home invasion, you can then use your Second Amendment rights and have a larger body area to aim at the intruders. Then, that life threatening problem is minimized very quickly.
I am a person who strongly believes in the "live and let live" philosophy. But, when that is no longer a viable option, I also posses the confidence and competence needed to use my firearm.
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