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

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 62
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have heard recordings of 911 calls that people have made..The homeowner was unarmed, an armed intruder broke in, and the homeowner hid and called the police. The police were dispatched and during the response time, the intruder found and killed the homeowner with the 911 Operator defenseless on the other end of the line. They are haunting and they are terrifying, and they are reason enough not to delude yourself into thinking that your cell phone will save you.

Even if the police response time in your area is 3 minutes, that is long enough for you to end up very, very dead. Or raped. Or both. In certain areas it could be longer (in ours it’s 5-8 minutes, and if you can’t get a call off – even with your burglar alarm sounding – it’s going to take 45 minutes because false alarms are so common the police prioritize them last).

In a nice area, you just have nicer things to take. Nobody thinks it will happen to them until it happens to them…Something to think about.

Post # 63
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ladies. I would think those of you that are gun owners would be wise enough to not air to the internet world that you keep a gun in your home. I know this is weddingbee – but it just isn’t a smart thing to advertise and put out there.

That being said, I feel safe with a baseball bat!

Post # 64
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

3 tiny dogs, a knife set we got for the wedding, and a cell phone.  I could never own a gun and I wouldn’t even want to know how to use one.  I also live in a very safe neighborhood.

Post # 65
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My husband and I own a gun, and if someone were to break in, we would use it. We both are good shots and I’ve had him teach me to to load/unload/disassemble the gun just in case. 

Why do I think this is necessary? For one,I am a small person. If my hubby is play-wrestling me, I literally can’t do a thing about it. I could easily be overtaken by a man, and I want to be able to have a chance at defending myself.

Another reason would be that I assume that anyone who would be breaking in to have a firearm. A family I knew were robbed at gunpoint and they had no weapon. The robber made them give up their phones before 911 could be called, and the entire family was murdered. Parents and their 3 children. Did i mention they lived in a gated community in a very nice area of Virginia? I’m not okay with that. 

In any case- I wouldn’t want to shoot anyone, and I wouldn’t shoot unless I was being attacked or if I felt as if the person were going to try and harm me or my family. If I warned the person verbally that I had a gun and would shoot and they still came at me and they still proceeded, I would pull the trigger, though I would at least attempt to avoid vital organs. 

Post # 66
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Two gigantic dogs. One in particular is very large with a very loud, scary bark. He’s a complete sweetheart, but if you are a new person coming into my house, you do not know that because he seems very intimidating. They are also very good at hearing when there are people outside our house, even when they are sleeping, and always know to warn us (then shut up after they get a reward pet).

We’ve talked about getting a gun. DH really wants a pistol, but we wouldn’t think of it as a primary mode of home protection. I’ve read about how scared people with guns more often than not shoot the wrong person, and I’d keep the ammunition and gun itself separated if we got one. I don’t want DH walking in the door one night and I shoot him accidentally because I don’t know it’s him and I’m half asleep half high on adrenaline. 

Post # 67
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@SpecialSundae: lol alcohol kills twice as many people as guns in our country. 

Post # 68
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

A 12-guage shotgun and a 20-guage shotgun. Yes I know how to use them. And me! I studied martial arts for 18 years.

Post # 69
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

My Fiance hunts so we have a couple shot guns in our room.  Fiance also has a license to carry so he has a handgun with him at all times.  He sleeps closest to the door so if someone were to break in he’d be the first there.  I also have a can of pepper spray I keep with me.  I know that’s not going to be as effective as a gun but its better than nothing.

Post # 70
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@MRSsrm85:  hahaha so casual! I’m thinking “Oooh, a 6 month old Corgi…and BLAM, Oh, ten or so guns!” 🙂

Post # 71
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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@icanhearyousmile:  +1 to all of it. I want an alarm system but I am not stupid enough to think that it will save my life.

Post # 72
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

If has a gun. He wants to get a fun for me as well, but I don’t really want one. I’d definitely have to be trained in how to use one before getting one.

Post # 73
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Pupperoni:  We have a dog that alerts us by growling and barking.  FH also keeps a baseball bat under his side of the bed.  When he goes out of town in a few weeks I asked my mom to come stay with me for a few nights so I wouldn’t be alone (it’s my first time alone in our new apartment.)  The one night I will be alone, I have the dog, the baseball bat, and I will probably take a kitchen knife to bed so I feel even safer.  However, I probably won’t sleep much the night I am alone because I don’t sleep well when I am the only person at home in general.

Post # 74
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

This may seem funny but I have a baseball bat at each door and one by my bed.  I also have a dog that would bark at anything that tried to get in.  One thing I read recently was to take your car keys to bed if you have a panic button on your key fob.  They say if you  hear someone trying to get in the house to press the panic button on your car and it will scare them away.

Post # 75
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We do own guns for hunting purposes. I do not ever plan on using them to conflict pain or death on another human being. But if somebody broke into my house and threatened me or my child I would not think twice about shooting somebody. I would fist aim for the legs but if I was still in harm’s way I would do what I had to.

We have 4 large dogs (They are pets and for hunting, but would protect me), we only have 2 stay in the house at a time. We have a door to our back yard in our room. If I knew somebody was in my house, first thing I would do would let the other 2 dogs in and call 911. If I had kids I would then grab my rifle, let the dogs out of the room and go to my kids. Like stated above, if they were anywhere near my child or any way threating to me I would shoot. I believe in the second amendment any my right to bear arms and protect my family.

Post # 76
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Sugar bee

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@missweatherlove:  Thanks! That’s a very “me” way to put things!

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