Tragic. We shall have to wait and see how the investigation goes. There's always more to the story.... With two teenagers in the house I doubt the father was carrying or had immediate access to a firearm. There are loads of scenarios that come to mind as to why two masked, armed shooters show up at a house and usually it's drugs or money involved. Who knows? Wrong house?
As for me, I keep my alarm system on Stay, with all doors locked, when I'm at home and always have something have immediate access to a firearm. Should company arrive, I go to a pocket carry. I always carry when I'm outside, even if it's just a trip to the mailbox or doing yard work. I never wonder if carrying helps, I've been doing it for 45 years or so.
I know the neighborhood in the story well, its the worst part of town, literally right outside the gates of the Army post. I delivered newspapers and pizzas there many years ago while working two jobs to get out of debt.
Why their door was unlocked at 2am (apparently) is beyond me.
Like the previous poster said, there is always more to the story.
Yes I do, and I also keep my doors locked when I am at home. I'm pretty anal about making sure my sons do not leave the doors unlocked. If someone is going to come into my house, they are going to, at the least, have to make some noise.
Yes. Been a habit for many years now. Pistol goes on the bedside table when I undress for bed, and goes on my belt as I dress every morning. I live in a fairly quiet rural area, but if you watch the news you'll see that many killings are home invasion situations these days.
Just my opinion: Once you make the decision to carry, the only behavior that makes any sense is to carry all the time!
A story from my part of the planet... I don't live in Chicago, most of the folks I know down here keep a firearm or two handy around their house. Any intruder(s) who forces his way into a home does so at their own risk.
Yes. If I'm dressed, I'm armed. The only time that my carry weapon is not on my person, is when I have to run into the courthouse or school, etc. Otherwise, on me or on the nightstand while sleeping. I've made it a point to always carry.
Almost always. My house has been broken into once. In daytime. Now, if they get past my American Bulldog, and the alarmed doors and windows, they will meet me and my 10 round (9 round extended mag, 1 in chamber), LC9.