My brother and his wife were burglarized a few weeks back. It appears some classmates of my nephew, knowing he had some games or a games system, decided to break in the house. They broke the lock and came through a back window (after attempting to break in the front door to no avail) and the motion detector went off as soon as they walked into the hallway. They had grabbed a cheap camera and a laptop, got out the same window but dropped the laptop. One of them also lost his hoodie which got stuck on the window frame.
The 16 year old pair were caught, arrested and are currently out on bail.
I was at my nieces fifth birthday party this past weekend and while the kids were out playing in the yard (this is Florida), I asked about the incident. During the course of the conversation, my sister in law said she wished she had been home because she would have shot both of them. Immediately I bristled and asked if she was serious. She said she certainly was and my brother piped in that he would do the same and they have every right to do so. I responded, “let me get this straight, you would shoot and kill an unarmed teenager (or even adult) who is in your house robbing you without trying to detain them and call the police?” Absolutely was their response as well as my sister in law offering “And when I said this to the cop that responded, she said she would have less respect for me if I didn’t shoot them.”
It was then I said something I really shouldn’t have. “Well, then she’s an idiot too.” At that point it got loud with both of them arguing their point and me trying to talk over them. Ultimately, I left.
My son who was there came to my house and reminded me how they are and I should have just ignored their comments for the peace of the family. (Like he did which also aggravated me). I replied that I don’t believe it is okay to allow people to spout ignorance in front of you without at least giving your point of view no matter who they are.
I spoke to my father the following day and he said I should have just let it go and not bring my politics to a family gathering. I come from a family of right wing republicans and my “liberal” thinking bothers them to no end. However, I don’t even think this was a political issue, I think it was a humanitarian and personal morals issue.
So. Here’s the question, should a person simply ignore comments they don’t agree with for the peace of the family? Also, if you want to comment whether or not you think they should shoot or shoot not shoot an intruder, knock yourself out.