As I was leaving for work this morning, I felt something odd on the outside doorknob. Upon closer observation, I saw what appeared to be a small gouge along the outside edge of the knob.
I don’t know if it is a tool mark or what, but I’m almost positive that it wasn’t there when we finished the installation. I could be wrong, but I am certainly not ruling out the possibility of a suicide attempt. You see, state law clearly authorizes use of deadly force to prevent entry into one’s residence. In fact, it is not even necessary to claim fear for one’s life. Once an intruder crosses the threshold, as well as in pretty much every other situation, fear for life (or grave bodily harm, …) is necessary to justify the use of deadly force. However, an attempt to forcibly enter = a righteous shoot.
Not that I would take the shot as soon as I felt legally justified in doing so. Far from it. Legal fees would be significant, regardless of how cut and dried it may seem. Plus, I take no pleasure from killing of any kind, even when it is necessary. If I had the time/opportunity, and given the quality of the door installation, I should, I would do my best to warn off any potential intruder. Should my attempts be in vain and entry imminent, well, my life is pretty damn important to me. I will defend it. In spades.