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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:17 PM   #1
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Would like your $0.02.... I think we got a knock on our front door last night at 145am. Do you answer it or ignore it?

I live in GR, on a nice street w/ (basically) nice neighbors. I don't live too far from a slightly shady part of town though. The houses on my street are 10' apart, and I live in a duplex. Due to the layout of my side of the house, there was no way to see who was out there w/o them knowing I looked. The tenants in the other side of the duplex have my cell #, and I did not have any missed calls. And, both our cars were in the garage. All this means that, with the exception of someone with an emergency, no one had a legit reason to knock at 2am.

I do not own a firearm, and don't plan to buy one. You can argue that point all day and it does have merrit, but I don't currently want a gun in the house.

So.. answer it, or ignore it? I see positive and negatives on both sides of the equation.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #2
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Could have stood to the side of the door and asked what they want without opening it.

Many a person has been shot through a door.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #3
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i'd answer it and just have a large object close by as a weapon. unless it was someone legitamatly needing help i'd ream them a new asshole for waking me up. lol
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:24 PM   #4
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install a peep hole in the door so you can see the person next time.go with your gut its usually right.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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I would answer it. But I am very confident in myself self defense abilities.

Maybe this would be a good time to install a peek hole in the door
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Old January 14th, 2008, 05:26 PM   #6
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well i personally think geting a gun with proper training is the best i found that bright light works well in this situation and i think answering it is the way to go so they know your home and hopfully pervents a break in
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The last guys that knocked on my door at 2am got a 12 gauge barrel in his teeth. He was a person i knew but it still pissed me off. He had a half empty barrel of flat beer so he needed not to be at my house.
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Get a gun and pop the douche in the knee cap if he trys anything!!. Go buy one of those little bitty guns about the size of your palm. That would be perfect. It was probably someone just playing ding dong ditch.
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Get a gun and pop the douche in the knee cap if he trys anything!!. Go buy one of those little bitty guns about the size of your palm. That would be perfect. It was probably someone just playing ding dong ditch.
Wow... no.
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Wow... no.
Okay so what are you going to do sit there and let them beat the hell out of you with a gun pointed to your head. ""Wow....NO""

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Okay so what are you going to do sit there and let them beat the hell out of you with a gun pointed to your head. ""Wow....NO""

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Well first off, if you shoot an unarmed person standing outside your door... you will be going to jail.

Second if you life is in danger and you have a weapon, the last place you shoot someone is in the knee. You aim for center of mass and fire enough rounds to stop the threat.
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The last guys that knocked on my door at 2am got a 12 gauge barrel in his teeth. He was a person i knew but it still pissed me off. He had a half empty barrel of flat beer so he needed not to be at my house.
lol, who was it? i live out in the sticks, and my friends know better than to wake me up. if someone pulls in my yard at 2 am i just get my shotgun from the corner and see whats up.
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I always look forward to the answers you get here... Thanks everyone for the input - and keep it coming..

One FYI - my duplex is old-school 100+ years old, and my front door is 75% glass (it's a beautiful door).. so, no peep hole...

see if I can splain this in words.. my main front door is sperated from my living room by a small (4'x4') foyer... the inside door is also 75% all glass.. if you were to exit my house, you would walk through the living room, pass though the inside door, enter the 4'x4' foyer, and the main front door would be on your direct left..

going forward here's some of the basic changes we're going to impliment. 1) we're going to turn OFF the living room light.. with the living room LIT and the porch DARK, I would not be able to see anything even if I wanted, 2) we're going to replace our porch light w/ a motion light... that way, I can see through the closed blinds if someone did approach the door (the light will be on).. this will also illuminate the porch so I can see w/o me having to do it after they knock telling them I'm up..

We're toying with buying a video baby monitor, but thats a $175ish investment...

I do agree that w/ training, a firearm is a good deterent.. I don't however believe that I want to shoot someone... I don't care how 1000% in the right I am, I know that 1) I'll end up spending alot of money proving I was right - both criminally and civilly, and 2) will worry about the possibility of revenge from either the person I shot or their family / friends.. The type of asshole who would brazenly knock on my door and then do something violent isn't going to come from a background of freinds and family who would admit 'yea, our son / brother / friend was wrong and diserved to be shot'...
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ya...whatever happen to that dude from Sanford who said he shot some guy trying to break into his house? anyone remember his screen name on here?
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Well first off, if you shoot an unarmed person standing outside your door... you will be going to jail.

Second if you life is in danger and you have a weapon, the last place you shoot someone is in the knee. You aim for center of mass and fire enough rounds to stop the threat.
Dipshit. Read it pleassse. I said if they have a gun at you.
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Dipshit. Read it pleassse. I said if they have a gun at you.
you shoot them in the knee if they have a gun aimed at you????
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Get gun, cell, flashlight. Turn on exterior lights. Look out window to the side of door. Acquire new information and go from there.
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If there is a burning paper bag on your porch put it out with water don't stomp on it
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