I understand where you coming from.
There are obviously different situations. For example, if you see someone breaking into a car, in almost all jurisdictions it would be illegal for you to draw a weapon to prevent them from taking the car. It would also be illegal for a police officer to do so.
If someone walks into a shop and demands money, and you draw your weapon and shoot him, you will go to jail.
You had no right to take a life legally (or ethically in my opinion) as you were not in danger. The law requires that you are in immediate danger of life of limb in most jurisdictions.
What if the person points a gun at you?
You are then in immediate danger, you have every right to defend yourself. What if he has a gun in his hand and doesn't point at you? Good question (glad I asked). That is a hard case, but in most juristictions at that point he is posing an immediate danger...
What about the home?
That is a bit different. There is an assumption if someone is actively engaged in entering your home that they may be very well wanting to do harm. It's a lot different than, as I said, if you are driving by your house and see someone ravishing your garden gnome.
I am referring to purely defending your property.
You do not have a right legally, or otherwise in just defending your property, to use a gun. You will go to jail, and most likely be convicted.
I would also recognize that even in the case of you feeling threatened, you need to be smart, look at the situation. If there is a guy pointing a gun at you, and you decide to try to draw, you'll probably end up getting killed first. If the guy points a gun at you, then takes off and as he's exciting the store you shoot him in the back, you'll end up in jail no matter what.
@Pace -- You know, I have read what you said, and have to say point blank that life is more important than money. That family is now without a father and husband because of a punk that was willing to kill
over what you call property. You might not care enough about your life, to CC at work, to get around a stupid rule like no guns but what about your family? Do you want to leave them to carry on without you just cause that paycheck was more important to you than protecting yourself?
I have worked in a gas station alone, 5 am - 3 pm and it is scary to do when you only have the cameras and you know the cops are too far away to help. I wished I could have had a gun but that was in California - SF Bay Area-- and that state isnt gun friendly, imo, at all.
Your opinon is allowed from what I have seen here, but really do you have to bash others opinons? You would rather stand there and watch a BG take your car? your valuables? hurt your wife/gf/family? Then use your gun.. fine.. but dont insult the ones of us that believe in our right to protect ourselves.
Sorry, the newbie will be quiet now... :?