(Closed) What do you have in your house to protect yourself?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 32
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@RockStar33:  When I feel threatened, but I would first verbally warn that I’m armed (we have a sign that says owner is armed).  If they chose to continue forcing entry in my house, they’d get shot.  I have to note, I’m not one of those “every life needs to be saved” type person.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

A Louisville Slugger that my husband keeps under the bed. I refuse to ever have a gun in my house and luckily, my DH agrees.

Post # 34
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have a few guns, but only one for self-defense (it’s kept in a safe in our bedroom closet – not loaded, but with ammunition also in the safe). It’s hidden and locked up, but easy (and quick) to access if you know the code and how to load it. I wasn’t thrilled when DH got it, but it’s important to him that I have protection if he’s not home, and there’s been a few things in connection with his job that makes me okay with having it.

Virginia does have a castle law, but calling 911 would be my first action.  The gun would be backup in case I was in real danger. I wouldn’t use it to stop a robbery, but I would if the intruder was a threat to me, not just my possessions.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we have a gun safe with at least ten guns in it (FI is a hunter). nobody better mess with us because i know my Fiance wouldn’t even hesitate to aim at an intruder!

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think I’d be more inclined to try to escape/run away than to fight any intruder.

Post # 37
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had an attempted break in at our home (the garage) a few months ago, while we were at work.  Luckily, our alarm system scared the burglar off before he could break all the way in and the police we notified immediately by the alarm company (ADT). 

The next day we spent over $1,000 having new heavy-duty locks and deadbolts installed on all the doors.  The locksmith who put the new locks in told me one of the best weapons to protect yourself with is a can of the 20-feet spray for wasps & hornets.  It won’t do permanent damage to a person but if you spray them in the face it gives you time to get away.  He said mace doesn’t works as well because you have to get too close to the person. 

So, now we have cans of wasp & hornet spray, a baseball bat, home alarm system, and very good locks as our protection.

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I own a gun(but honestly ive had it over a year, and have only taken it out of the case to show my dad) but Fiance has a few guns. we keep a few of them loaded in case of a break in… only problem is they are up so high i cant reach them so im screwed if im home alone…

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

My Fiance has a shotgun and I have a 9mm pistol. I am a competition shooter and hopefully I’ll never be put in the situation of having to use my gun on a person, but I feel safer knowing that I have the option to defend myself (against another person with a gun). Typically if someone breaks into my house, just the sound of me cocking my gun will scare them off. I would never shoot someone if they weren’t threatening mine or my FI’s life…as in pointing a gun or firing at me. Obviously I’d call 911 first, but they can only get to me but so quickly.

Post # 40
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

Don’t you think it’s a little paranoid to feel that you have to have big guns/dogs/weapons in the house to protect yourself or is America really that much more violent than Europe?

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have two dogs that weigh in at about a hundred pounds each 😉 They are Bouviers, and are both very protective of myself especially, and our house/my Fiance. Best of luck to anyone trying to break in!

ETA: I don’t have these dogs because I’m worried about a break in… I have them because I love the breed! It just so happens that they are also a good deterrant to anyone wanting to step into the house uninvited.

Post # 42
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@IzzyBear:   What I think is interesting is that I think the opposite way.  I automatically assume that someone breaking into my house is going to have a gun as well.  So me presenting my gun or the sound of it would cause them to fire even if they had never planned on it.

That’s kind of where I also go back and forth with my Husband.  Because if he comes into our bedroom and we pull a gun…aren’t we taking a huge chance that he won’t shoot us first?  And would he have drawn his gun had he not known we had a gun or planned to shoot him?

Confusing, I know.  I think about this stuff CONSTANTLY.  I’m unfortunately one of those people that am afraid, NIGHTLY, that someone is breaking in. My poor Husband.

Post # 43
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

A gun and three big dogs!

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018 - Toronto, Ontario

we live ina condo so theres a consierge and each suite has a security system

we own guns, but they’re locked away in a safe as they’re for recreational use only at the gun club. i highly doubt i’d ever consider using it as a means of protection

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

An alarm system? My second floor apartment was broken into in the middle of the day. They kicked the door in! Yeah, we got the alarm system in the next day. Good thing neither of us was home. We still don’t own a gun and we’re Texan.

Post # 46
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Worker bee

Never felt a need to have a gun in the house for protection.  If I am home alone  at night,  I always lock my bedroom door and keep my cell phone on the night stand.  I have a dog but I am not sure she would bark anyway. 

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