Originally Posted by powerslave_85
I think it depends on the situation. If an unarmed guy in a ski mask breaks a window and tries to steal my TV, I'm going let him take it and call the cops. If they had some kind of weapon and were trying to hurt me or a loved one, then yes, I would defend myself.
I think what needs to be defined in these situations is what is and isn't a threat to your, or your loved one's, safety. In this case, no-one was in danger. The guy was completely ill-justified in my opinion.
It's a whole other debate if it was his house in the middle of the night and he had a little kid and a significant other to worry about.