Yes, there are people who still think warning shots are a good idea. Don’t be one of them.

Yes, there are people who still think warning shots are a good idea. Don’t be one of them.

Xavier Thoughts chronicles the story of an elderly gentleman who, using his gun, confronted a burglar in his home. The outcome was that the perp got sent to jail. Great, right? Well, maybe not. This may get ugly when the inevitable civil suit is filed.

You see, the perp was injured because the homeowner fired an unaimed “warning shot” which fragmented and struck the intruder. As if that wasn’t bad enough in these litigious times, the gentleman couldn’t help running his mouth on television, which didn’t do any good in terms of his legal defense.

I’ll leave you to read Xavier’s analysis (which is pretty good.) I will, however, leave you with this thought: this is exactly why I strongly encourage anyone who even contemplates keeping a firearm for self-defense to take MAG-20 / Classroom – Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement from Massad Ayoob. Had this fellow done so, he wouldn’t have left himself open for what will probably be a whale of a civil lawsuit.

-=[ Grant ]=-

  • Posted by Grant Cunningham
  • On July 11, 2007