Start the coffee
Snip: "Your bedside clock says 3:40 a.m. You have just awakened to a sound like breaking glass. You pick up the phone to call 911 but the line is dead. It’s dark in the house and you ease out of bed to retrieve your handgun from the closet safe just as you have practiced dozens of times. You wait inside your bedroom door with your ear straining to hear. Someone is down the hall sliding something on the tile. At that instant, the 30-second delay on your security system expires and the alarm begins to peal. Another crash in the living room and you are now standing in the hall - gun drawn. A person you have never seen before senses your presence and turns toward you while reaching for his belt. He is close and coming toward you and has ignored your command to stop. You don’t specifically remember firing but he goes down after two hollow points catch him in the chest. The knife he was reaching for drops to the floor next to him as he falls. Time seems to stand still. Your cell phone rings and you jump – your security company is on the line about the alarm trip. You tell them to call the police. You hang up and call 911 and check his vitals – no pulse or breathing. Now what?"
“The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the People of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” -- Samuel Adams
“Today, we need a nation of Minutemen. Citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”
—John F. Kennedy
1) How did the perp get that far in 30 seconds?
2) If I had my cellphone, why didn't I use it to call 911 when the land line was dead?
3) Was having my gun locked in a closet safe a good idea?
4) Why am I paying for a security company that calls me instead of the police when an intrusion alarm is activated?
5) Why did I foolishly leave the bedroom to go to the living room?
6) Why did I foolishly approach the suspect after he went down?
7) What's my lawyer's number?
8) Who's cleaning up this mess? (The one on the floor, and possibly the one in your pants.)
And before asking any of those questions.... ask yourself if there are other threats present.... never assume there was only one. (Stress-induced tunnel vision and auditory exclusion make it easy to fail to check for other threats, so train to break those common phenomena.)
Failure to comply may result in discipline up to and including termination.
The free man is a warrior. - Nietzsche "Twilight of the Idols"
Good response, shotgun.
I laughed at the start the coffee comment. Don't think you're going to be needing the caffeine boost, although you're probably in for a long night at this point.
One more thing I'd add to that list, is call your lawyer. It's cut and dried case of self defense, but I'd definitely do it anyways.