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Bradley Jay: ‘Do You Believe A Homeowner Should Have The Right To Use Deadly Force Against Intruders?’

My name is Bradley Jay and I host the Jay Talking radio show which airs weekday mornings on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 from midnight to five. Like the Jay Talking Facebook page.

Consider this:Bradley Jay: ‘Do You Believe A Homeowner Should Have The Right To Use Deadly Force Against Intruders?’


Let’s say you’re a homeowner and you are settling in for the night when you hear something or someone downstairs. As you peek out the bedroom door you see a stranger creeping around the house. You cannot tell if he is armed and you don’t know his intent, but you do know you have never seen this person before. Silently you glide back into the bedroom, open the bedside drawer and quietly pick up your legally owned and properly documented pistol. You wait, shaking with fear, in the dark as your six-year-old daughter sleeps in the next room.

What should you do? Should you try to call the police, or maybe yell out to the intruder to try to drive him away? Should you try to ascertain the man’s intent? Should you incur the added risk of any of the above, or should you have the right to simply shoot the man on the spot?

Forgetting law for a moment, do you think you should have the right to maximize your chance of successfully defending yourself and your child, or is it incumbent upon you to expose yourself to the risk involved with giving the perp the benefit of the doubt?

The Jay Talking street question this week is, ‘should a homeowner have the right to use deadly force on an intruder’ and if so, under what circumstances?

Let’s say you’re a homeowner and you are settling in for the night when you hear something or someone downstairs. As you peek out the bedroom door you see a stranger creeping around the house. You cannot tell if he is armed and you don’t know his intent, but you do know you have never seen this person before. Silently you glide back into the bedroom, open the bedside drawer and quietly pick up your legally owned and properly documented pistol. You wait, shaking with fear, in the dark as your six-year-old daughter sleeps in the next room.

What should you do? Should you try to call the police, or maybe yell out to the intruder to try to drive him away? Should you try to ascertain the man’s intent? Should you incur the added risk of any of the above, or should you have the right to simply shoot the man on the spot?

Forgetting law for a moment, do you think you should have the right to maximize your chance of successfully defending yourself and your child, or is it incumbent upon you to expose yourself to the risk involved with giving the perp the benefit of the doubt?

The Jay Talking street question this week is, ‘should a homeowner have the right to use deadly force on an intruder’ and if so, under what circumstances?

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