Self defense just became more complicated. Here are two actual cases that can help you prepare for the unexpected.
Case number one. The police are doing a drug raid. Unfortunately the address is wrong and they arrive at your home. Law enforcement officers crash through the door. You run to get your gun to defend yourself. The officers see you with a gun and shoot you dead. All you were trying to do is protect yourself. But you paid the ultimate price.
Case number two. It is 2am and you have been sleeping for nearly three hours. Suddenly you are awakened by a noise outside your home. As you get up to investigate someone at the front door shout “sheriff’s department”. Before you reach the door, it is kicked in and three masked men enter with guns. They shoot you before you knew what was happening. They then ransack your home taking anything of value. You are left for dead as they exit your home.
Obviously these men were not sheriff deputy’s as they announced before kicking in the door. What should you do in a situation like this? What would you do if someone demands that you open your door and they identify themselves as law enforcement? What if it was a ploy to force you to open the door?
There is no good answer to this scenario. You must have heightened awareness and be vigilante. You only have seconds to determine if the people at the door are legitimate. You must Observe, Orient, Decide and Act in an appropriate manner.
Your gun should be close at hand at all times. If someone crashes through your door you do not have time to run to the bedroom to retrieve it. However, if you have small children the gun must be secured safely while still allowing. for quick retrieval when needed.
If you believe the person at the door is a legitimate law enforcement officer, do not pick up or hold the gun in your hand. If you do, you are now a threat to the officer and you may be mistaken for the bad guy.
Bad people are starting to use every means possible to gain entry into homes. You will need a plan on how you will react to a situation similar to the one described above. Play “what if” scenarios with your family. This will allow everyone to be more prepared for the unknown when it become reality.
While evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
2 Timothy 3:13