Originally Posted by Mac Voyer
You must have a better class of burglar where you're from. Someone breaks into your house, you catch him in the act, and invite him to sit and have a cup of tea with you. After sharing family pictures, you work out a barter that is equitable for both parties. Here in America, catching a burglar in the act will most likely make you dead, and your family raped and killed. Where I live, you do not stop to ask if the burglar will be satisfied with just taking the Macbook, you best blow the mother fu**er into the next dimension while you still can. ...
Well America is a bit more barbaric than other countries, but I think you are just being way over the top with the exaggerations here, (and just to win a petty argument with a stranger!).
For the record, I live in a drug and crime-infested area on the "bad side" of town and have lived here all my life except for when I was a kid in which case I lived in a worse area in an adjacent town. On the other hand it is Canada, so the specific volume
of crime is about one tenth that of the USA. Guns are rarer here but all the serious gangs carry them and shoot each other up on a regular basis. Again, no one can match the sheer volume of weapons available to criminals in the USA, but people are pretty much the same everywhere in my experience.
Most burglars take the time to figure out when you aren't going to be home before they break in. Even in the USA, most burglars are also not
killers, and most will run away when confronted, but actually confronting a burglar in your home is a really, really dumb thing to do. The oft-quoted standard movie situation where one wakes up in the middle of the night and hears someone "in the house" is exceedingly rare but even when confronted with that situation, the smart thing to do is reach for the phone, not a gun.
My point was that responding to someone stealing from you, by purposely blowing them away just so you can feel like a man, is cowardly, stupid and "over-the-top" reaction-wise.
The motivations of the average burglar are related to either poverty or drug addiction. Either way, that makes the burglar more moral than you, who apparently wants the pleasure
of murdering someone simply because they "took your stuff."
Stuff is stuff. You can always get more (or similar), you can't take it with you anyway, and it's all ultimately worthless.
A life on the other hand is irreplaceable and short enough to begin with.