A death penalty does cost more because a death penalty get an automatic appeal at tax payers expense, even when the defendant wants to die.
If a person make a choice that he wants to break into my house, I take that as a threat to my life. If he is brave or desperate enough to come into my house I can only assume that he's also brave enough to do physical harm to me or my family. I will do whatever is needed to stop him.
Rampuppy, you really need to be careful with your bat. If you are ever forced to use it, you could be in some serious trouble. I don't know the laws in Texas, but every state is different. Say a 5'8 180lbs man breaks into your house. He has a knife and threatens you with it. You take him out with your bat.
A prosecutor could argue that you modified a bat to make it into a deadly weapon because you were looking to hurt or kill a person. The knife was similar to knives that you had in your kitchen, so you must have placed the knife by the suspect. You are much bigger than "unarmed" man so you could have just restrained him until the police got there. You could be found guilty of attempted murder or even 2nd degree murder.
I know that you may think this is far fetcthed, but there have been cases where the prosecution proved that the defendant showed deadly intent because they used bullets that had a reputation of being more deadly than normal bullets. An example of that is the black talon bullets. The bullets were coated with Teflon. The media said that the Teflon made the bullets penetrate bullet proof vest, which made them cop killers, which is untrue. The Teflon was to reduce friction in the barrel. Winchester SXT bullets are the same as black talons, but don't carry the bad reputation.
So to sum this up. If you if you used your bat, it could mean that you modified the bat to make it more deadly, so when you use it, a prosecutor could make it sound like you were looking and waiting for a chance to inflict as much injury as you could on any subject that walked into your house.
Don't get me wrong, I support your right to repeatedly put that bat upside of anybody that poses a treat to you or your family. The legal system is made up of people that is looking to further their career. A prosecutor would love to win a high profile case like that.
By the way my gun of choice is my .45 auto. The bullet is big enough to take the subject down but has low velocity so when it hits the target it stays in the body. My bullet of choice is hyro-shoks. It's what most cops use.
For women I suggest .44 special. It's small enough to put in their purse, and has low kick back. Like the .45, it has big bullets with low velocity.