if you lived in a neighborhood where people are brandishing weapons all over the place, then I am happy you moved. That is not a place a truly responsible gun owner would feel comfortable. You probably have no idea who the responsible gun owners are that live and work with you, they don't feel it is a an empowerment or to make up for something they are lacking in other areas, it is a tool that they maintain, train, and will use if neccessary. Every responsible gun owner I know spends time at the range every year to keep their training up, they maintain their weapons impeccably, and have never uttered a word about their weapons, outside hunting discussions, to anyone who didn't ask. Don't assume that because someone owns a gun we want to live in a neighborhood full of them. Only a fool would want that. There are three people I trust in the world to hold a gun around me and not hurt me, one is my Dad, the other is my Brother, and the third is Me. actually, there is a 4th.
As for killing an intruder being murder, Starman, that is your perspective, and your welcome to it. I think it is narrowminded, but I can respect your opinion. Just think on this. If someone breaks into your home to steal your TV, what is more important to you as the defendero f your home? What he came to get? or what he is potentially armed with in order to make sure he gets it? People who are willing to invade your home have allready shown they lack a certain moral charachter. I wouldn't trust them to take what they want and leave quietly for all the world.
And as for having my modified bat, you think a Gun exists without intent to kill? If a judge asked me why I modified my bat, I would simply say "In order to inflict the maximum amount of damage in the shortest period possible. My goal is to render the intruder harmless by any means neccessary in order to protect my family." while smearing an intruders head with a bat seems far more horrible and violent than shooting someone with a gun, is it really? the outcome is the same, both intents are the same.
You are judgeing the action, not the result. The result is protection of ones home and family. One of my loved ones has been violent act, that tends to change your perspective on acceptable levels of violence when it comes to self defense.