Originally Posted by Minister_of_Information
False, odds are you've just demonstrated that the intruder is seriously outgunned. And by giving him the opportunity to flee, you've probably just saved yourself several thousand dollars in attorneys fees, and that's assuming that you aren't charged. DGUs rarely involve the discharge of a firearm, and you can rack the gun as a deterrent (and as a preparation to fire, since no shotgun should be kept cocked and locked) before a confrontation occurs. Let it also be said that the racking sound accompanied by shouted orders for the intruder to leave the house immediately should be the only warning. After that shoot to kill. Do not use less lethal ammo either.
Completely agree. Plus if it is a friendly in the house, doing so can avoid a tragic accident.
I travel some, so my wife spends some time alone. She locks the bedroom door when I am away. If someone comes into the house and tries to break in the bedroom, she knows to shout, "I am armed and will use the weapon!" Seems like a good way to avoid shooting one of the kids or me if we unexpectedly come home. Or shoot a police officer with a no knock warrant served on the wrong house. Or any number of things.
I would do the same thing.