If you have a gun for self-defense, I pose the question, "At what point would you pull the trigger?" Before you answer I pose the question, "Have you ever seen anyone die from a gunshot, knife, or other violent means first hand in a real-life person?" I have several times and it isn't an easy thing to unsee. ' Both are valid questions because I feel if you have seen someone die from such, then you have a better reference point to base your response to the question, "Could you pull the trigger, well could you?" Just my opinion but I think if you answer you couldn't, then you should not have a gun for self-defense. Pointing a gun at someone as a bluff can lead to a more serious situation than might have happened otherwise. I was raised to never point a gun (even a toy) at any person or animal I did not intend to kill. I never had a toy, but a .22 at age 6 that was kept under the strict supervision of my father. Only once in my life did I point a gun at a human. They had threatened my life and came on my property holding a handgun at their side. They were so shocked when I produced my Colt pointed directly at them that they didn't bother to raise their weapon. After they dropped their weapon, I put my Colt down and then asked them what their problem was. It turned out the real estate guy had lied to them and they were not supposed to be moving in before 30 days. I had rented the place for 30 days to friends. To defuse the situation my friends said they would move out by night. Otherwise, we all feared they might beat the real estate guy. The sheriff came and decided since he could see the guy was a coward and the gun was unloaded that he just recorded the incident and gave Mr. Intimidataion a lecture about the next time he does that he will be lying dead as mountain people don't take kindly to armed threats. I reflect on that day, especially after being burglarized. I had gone to a meeting and came home to find my house ransacked with several items stolen. If I had been home when I heard the back door being smashed in, would I have met them with a gun and shot them or hesitated and let them run away? If you see armed thugs raping a neighbor girl and you can stop it by shooting them, do you do it or call the police and hope they come in time? If you hear a commotion in your living room and go in with a gun ready and see one of your family lying in a pool of blood, with a knife-wielding killer standing there, do you pull the trigger? Do you pull the trigger if they smash out your bedroom window and are coming inside? I think this is a very relevant question in this day and time for every home defense gun owner to think about.