On Sunday, NBC’s Today show offered three tips if you find yourself subjected to a home invasion. A long-time New York City police officer serves as the subject-matter expert.
His three tips are:
- Keep your car keys handy where you sleep, and if there’s a home invasion, hit the horn button to create a lot of noise.
- Keep a can of hornet and wasp spray handy, and if the invaders enter your room, spray them with it to render them temporarily blind.
- Sleep with all your bedroom doors open so everyone in the house can hear everything that’s going on.
Notice what NBC’s expert leaves out: Firearms. Your Second Amendment rights never occur to NBC.
Here’s the video.
The first point might create lots of noise, but might also alert your invaders that you’re awake. A simple push of the button that you pushed will silence the car. The invaders might panic initially, but they’ll know that they can control the noise by controlling you. Americans are now so used to car alarms going off at all hours that we hardly ever respond to them, so pushing your car alarm button isn’t likely to bring the neighbors out and it won’t alert the police.
Let’s analyze the last two points on the next page.
The hornet and wasp spray usually has a range of 20 feet or more and it might work on one attacker, but if there are more than one, then you’ve maybe temporarily blinded one (or maybe not) and severely angered the others. All they have to do is wait you out. Once you run out of hornet spray, they’re on you. And by the way, it’s a violation of federal law to use hornet and wasp spray “in a manner inconsistent with its labeling,” and its labeling clearly says that it’s not for any use other than outdoors, to kill wasps, etc. It’s a poison.
Point three is just ludicrous. Parents aren’t going to sleep with their bedroom doors open all the time, and neither are teenagers. They’re just not. And if you do have a home invasion and the invaders find all the bedroom doors open, you’ve surrendered your interior defenses. Interior doors might not stop them but they might slow the invaders down, giving you precious seconds to get up, get awake and find a viable means of defense — such as a handgun or that shotgun that Joe Biden recommended (but don’t fire any warning shots). The sound of a pump shotgun chambering a shell might slow invaders down a whole lot longer than a door will, especially if you leave the door open. Ditto for other sounds associated with firearms being prepared for use.
If you have any good ideas for home defense, please comment.