wow. holy shit. two neighborhood kids just tried to remove the lock on the front door and break in the house today. I do not usually answer the door, it is just too much trouble given the language issue. I can understand them, but they can not understand me.
first there was a doorbell ring. next came the banging on the door. i peeked through the peep hole and looked directly at the young man. our eyes met. he didn’t know it. i decided to wait in the kitchen. then there was lots of noise, like someone trying to slide something between the door jam like a slim jim. what i didn’t know at the time was that they began removing the entire door lock.
as i listened quietly in the kitchen, i was thinking what to do. i didn’t know what was going on, just the sense that it was abnormal. the southerner in me started wishing I had my remmington shotgun, or a weapon. should i grab a knife? maybe nothing is happening really and it is all just something in my head? but I am in Turkey. then i imaged the headline, American commits assault and battery [ the unlawful and unwanted touching or striking of one person by the other ] during an attempted home invasion.
i decided to do two things, scream profanity and violently swing open the door - armed with my best kukri. what the fuck are you doing seemed appropriate. the perpetrators quickly ran down stairs and disappeared.
jesus. wtf. this is a seriously quiet neighborhood next to a mosque!!$%$#
then realized i have such a different mentality. later that day i was asked, why did you open the door? because i wanted to beat them, legally should wait until they enter the home to beat them.
In the United States, a home invasion is an illegal and usually forceful entry to an occupied, private dwelling with violent intent to commit a crime against the occupants, such as robbery, assault, rape, murder, or kidnapping
The legal defense of self-defense in California law means that you can’t be found guilty of a violent crime that you committed in order to protect yourself, as long as your conduct was reasonable under the circumstances. means that you need to have:
- Reasonably believed that you were in imminent danger of being killed, injured, or touched unlawfully,
- Reasonably believed that you needed to use force to prevent that from happening, and
- Used no more force than was necessary to prevent that from happening.
Moreover, thanks to California’s so-called “stand your ground laws,” you are under no obligation to “retreat” – that is, to run away or try to escape – before you use self-defense to protect yourself.
definitely one of the more psychologically damaging crimes that people commit.
i am fine now, but catch myself listening to all sounds attentively.