“Christ, I didnt want to kill him. I didnt want to shoot him in the chest, so I shot him in the shoulder.
Laz spending the holidays in West Virginia ?
... and apparently, so is the writer.
If all the guy had on was his underwear and he was raiding my fridge, I'd let him take what he can find. I can always buy more bread and beer......
I didn't shoot him because he had my ham sandwich in his hand, I shot him because he had my ham sandwich in his hand in my house.
it aint that easy to hit what you aim at under those circumstances with a pistol anyway. they guy must be a pretty good shot to pick out a small specific part of the anatomy and hit it.
you always read stories of cops, trained professionals, firing multiple rounds with only one or two hits.
also, another great reason to get a dog, any dog. no one is going to break in drunk or sober with a dog barking his head off inside.
“... or would you refrain from shooting if you saw that the intruder was drunk?”
The homeowner had time to administer a sobriety test?
How’d the homeowner know the guy wasn’t high on bath salts?
Intruder could’ve been thinking... “Forget the ham sammich...I be wanting some of your head for a snack.”
This is why we have German Shepherds.Drunks won’t get in the house in the first place.
Is it OK to shoot a drunk person in your home. You bet. There is no telling what a drunk person may, or may not do.
If someone is in my home at 3AM in the morning, it will not end well.
It is simply a reality of human physiology that the two are roughly the same thing. Efforts to stop an attack will be concentrated on lowering the criminal's blood pressure in order to render him unconscious, damaging the nervous system so as to render the criminal unable to move, or damaging the brain in order to render the criminal helpless.
Once the attack has STOPPED, then one is no longer justified in further shooting, whether the criminal is still alive or not.
The permanent consequences of stopping the attack are simply a side-effect. There may someday be a convenient hand-held device that can reliably and harmlessly render an attacker immobile for long enough for law enforcement to arrive. When such a thing exists, we will face an obligation to arm ourselves with that tool in preference to firearms.