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An intruder, a handgun, and what happened next

An intruder, a handgun, and what happened next

One morning last December, while working at my desk at home, I saw an intruder peering into my house, trying windows and doors. I didn't know his intentions, or whether he was armed, but he seemed intent on breaking in. My first instinct was to grab a loaded handgun and brace myself for a confrontation. Then I thought twice. I sneaked out of the house and called the police. They arrested him.

I wrote about the experience for the New York Times in March. It forced me to think about the value of a human life, proportional response, and the costs and...

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