Pretty self-explanatory title. I’m buying a gun soon, a 9mm Smith and Wesson, and I’d really love some advice on how to avoid ever accidentally shooting a family member or friend in an act of confusion. I was giving my wife some tips on what we should do, like, if we get home late, announce that it’s us. If we walk in and we don’t say anything, nor do we respond to being asked if it’s us, that’s cause for alarm. Obviously I taught her the basics: never aim unless you intend to fire at the subject, never have your finger on trigger unless you intend to fire. Those basics should keep us pretty safe from each other. Is that all you’d need to know to be well off, or are there more tips you guys have for me (and anyone reading) that will keep us only ever harming the bad guys and never each other.
Another question, as mentioned in the title: when do I shoot?
If someone is clearly making noise out in my house in the middle of the night, and I’m able to accurately check off my wife as not being the culprit, and I determine it is someone we don’t know, when should I shoot? Would you recommend following the “shoot first ask questions later” doctrine, or would you recommend giving the intruder a chance to escape with their life? I currently believe that, if ever in the situation where I am face-to-face with an intruder, I would aim the weapon at the intruder, finger on the trigger, ready to fire if I need to, and demand that they leave. If they don’t, and they come towards me, that’s when I would shoot. I wouldn’t find it necessary to blitz attack the guy if I don’t need to. If I can get him to leave and then call the cops to ensure we’re safe, I’d rather do that.
What are your guys’ tips/opinions on the two questions?