Just last night, KSDK Channel 5 ran an interesting piece on a group of neighbors in Hawk Point (about 67 miles northwest of St. Louis) who fought back against a pair of burglars on Tuesday night.
One neighbor chased a burglar with a baseball bat, while another woman held the second burglar at gunpoint until the cops arrived.
In the end, the crooks -- both Illinois residents -- were arrested and charged with attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools.
A detective the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department told reporter Art Holliday that he was glad the neighbors made it easy for authorities to collect evidence and file charges, but added this:
We worry about people's safety when they get that involved.
Because if you pull out your heater, the intruder could attack or grab his own, and in an instant, what might've been a simple burglary could turn into a fatal shootout.
That's why you often hear the maxim: If you're going to brandish a gun, you must be willing to use it.
Daily RFT would state it a little differently.
We don't know if that lady in Hawk Point would've pulled the trigger, had the crook had tried to run away or -- heaven forbid -- attack her.
But in the end, she pointed the gun, and he stayed put until the cops came.
So, in some cases, it doesn't really matter whether or not you have the guts to pull the trigger. What matters is whether or not the target thinks you do.
And this burglar, apparently, thought she did.