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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #50)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:48 PM

53. Good question! Here's some definitions from Dictionary.com

I wanted to be clear that I was talking about break-ins when the occupant was there....when he/she could possibly use a gun kept for "Personal protection". In fact, from the discussions on DU, it seems a lot of gun owners are afraid of their weapons being stolen by burglary when they are away from their homes. (Remember the posts about the press publishing the names and addresses of gun owners?)

Dictionary.com seems to use the terms as I do. I remember the Home invasion term gaining a lot of use in the 80's with the crack cocaine/meth adicts barging into folks home and just wasting the places looking for anything they could steal to pay for their habit. You certainly don't hear much about home invasions now. This little survey shows just a few fearing home invasion. Could those with guns for personal protection be thinking of something else or are they not fearful because they have the guns. Maybe there are not many on DU who have the guns for personal protection but rather some other use. I don't know.


bur·gla·ry
noun, plural bur·gla·ries. Criminal Law.
the felony of breaking into and entering the house of another at night with intent to steal, extended by statute to cover the breaking into and entering of any of various buildings, by night or day.

home invasion
noun
an act or instance of entering an occupied residence with the intent to commit a burglary or other crime.

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