I Should Be Allowed To Shoot Trespassers
by, 02-26-2012 at 02:57 PM (1151 Views)
A follow up on my last entry. That fellow from the other day who broke our wall. Turns out that guy was a thief. The house two doors down was robbed and the two felons (though I was only in time to see one) escaped with a laptop (that's all we've heard that they took). Our neighbour's lodger apparently saw the criminals escaping by jumping into his garden so he shouted out to them and they jumped into ours before he could catch them. There. Conclusive proof that the thieving scum were in our garden after all. That's kind of scary but at least I know I'm not crazy now and that the footprint was real.
My faith in the poor maintenance of our garden has been restored. Were someone slowly sneaking through then I'd be more worried but the idea that the criminals were panicked and desperate to escape makes the idea of them falling into the mass of thorns from our overgrown blackberry plants much more enjoyable. My garden isn't the kind of garden you break into casually. And by so much as glancing in through the window the thought of robbing us is surely gone in a moment. (We're terribly poor housekeepers and although small valuable items that are easy to grab and sell are somewhat dotted about the place they're mixed in with assorted junk).
Based on that I think the title of my previous entry is null and void. I should be allowed to shoot trespassers (with a paintball gun).
I love the idea of having weapons for defensive purposes but I'd hate the idea of wounding or killing anyone and I lack the skills or training to be confident in using them. That's why I love having the wooden cosplay sword from the expo. It's sturdy enough that I could club someone over the head and maybe fracture a bone or two without decapitating them.
That's also why I think a paintball gun would be good. I hear that being shot with one of those hurts and can bruise. A bruise would be just as useful for identifying the criminal as the paint splattered clothing.
Also, another reason for favouring these mock weapons over real ones is that they can't be used against me easily. They say that if you carry a knife chances are that in a fight your own knife will be used against you. If you're stabbed you could die. If you're shot you could die. If you're hit with a wooden sword or shot with a paintball it's going to hurt but it has less chance of killing you (I say less because you never know, the attacker might get lucky and hit a vital spot).
Ah. I can't remember if I was going to say anything else. Ah well.