Mom With A Gun reminds us of the wise words of Inspector Harry Callahan, aka ‘Dirty Harry’, who said in his second movie, Magnum Force, “A man’s GOT to know his limitations.”
Tammy quotes the ever-quotable Kathy Jackson of Cornered Cat, who said,
If you are concerned enough to pull your gun out of its holster, you should be concerned enough to pull your phone out of your pocket and call for backup. Except in cases of extreme and immediate need, law enforcement officers won’t try to clear a house by themselves, without backup. Why should you?
I’ve been guilty of letting my emotions overtake my training. On mumble-mumble occasion(s), I approached my home (former home) and found a door breached. All my training (NRA ‘Gun in the Home’ trainer, CCW licensing and Az DPS CCW trainer) said back away, pull your cell telephone and call the police from a safe location. Do NOT attempt to engage.
And yet I did. And I felt compelled to enter my breached house and ‘clear’ it. Without backup. Stuff I’d drilled into my own students not to do.
Machismo? Ego? Anger? Yep, all of it. Fortunately, no burglars were present. I think I know better, now.
I do now reside in a better neighborhood.
Hopefully, I’ll never have to find out.