http://www.decaturdaily.com/stories/Taking-a-bead-on-intruders,85232 Basically, a rural area at the junction of two corners of two counties is having a rash of break-ins. Like 45-50 in the past couple months. Residents are buying up guns like mad, wanting (and getting) pistol permits, and asking gov't officials when it's OK to shoot. So the first-term sheriff and the county DA show up at a town meeting to answer questions. Sheriff tries to answer direct question(s) which she handles sorta okay, but then the DA steps up and says that it's OK to shoot to scare 'em... Well, I'll just let you read the newspaper excerpt: "One man said his wife and children spend a lot of time at home alone, and his wife is armed. Ive told her if someone pounds on the door to not be afraid to shoot, he said. Franklin (me: she's the Morgan County Sheriff) responded that in Alabama people have the right to protect their property and home and to shoot if youre in imminent danger, but we dont go around shooting people for knocking on doors. (I guess she didn't elaborate much about what "being in imminent danger" exactly means, and she failed to stress that we don't/can't protect property with lethal force) Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson underscored Franklins assessment. I have guns in my home, he said. But I dont intend to shoot if theyre only knocking. The test is do you have a reason to be fearful of your life or someone elses. For example, taking a lawn mower is not a reason to shoot someone. You can use physical force but not deadly force. Shoot in their direction. It might scare them away. It boils down to a reasonable standard.