Re: Psyx Psyx 17:59
"However, if Bruni had turned violent then I would have felt it quite justified for the Mrs Land to defend herself by shooting him"
So instead of just walking out the door, you would consider it morally ok to stand there covering him with a shotgun, and to put a couple into him if he turned on you? Does it not occur to you that maybe pointing a firearm at a nutcase six feet away is a provocation and at least 20% likely to result in someone getting slotted?
Maybe I've just seen too many unpleasant situations and dead people with holes in them to think that waving firearms around is a valid solution in 99% of occasions. Lethal violence -to me- is absolutely the last resort, and escalating the confrontation is very low on the lost of priorities, too. Putting a firearm in someone's hands means they have this tendency to start seeing every problem as a nail. And for every home owner who would have acting as per this case, there'd be a fucking moron who'd have just murdered someone insane for trespass. You might be the safest gun-owner in the world, but so long as there are muppets out there, we cater for the lowest denominator.
"Sorry, if it was my home Bruni had been running around in, scaring the life out of my wife, I wouldn't have bothered shooting him but I would have beaten the cr*p out of him until he gave up all thoughts of doing anything..."
Personally, I'd have got my wife out of the house and called the police first, and gone from there. Odds are I'd have then gone back in there and hit the guy with a stick myself, but that's a long way from using a firearm or a blade on the guy. As you say: It would not be reasonable force to use a firearm if he was unarmed. Luckily I live in a country where burglars are not armed with firearms.
"I'll go thumbs down so as not to hurt your delicate sensibilites."
Oh do piss off with the constant inferences, Matt. They're not delicate. If you think that there is something weak about giving a shit about human life, regardless of whose it is, then that's your problem, not mine.
Likewise, if you're so attached to your colour TV that you're willing to turn a firearm on someone to protect it, you really need to take a good, long look at your priorities in life.