My line is that if you break into someones home then they shouldnt be allowed to sue for any damages that they may occur whilst commiting theor crime. i'm not condoning muder but if someone broke into my home then I would flip and want to take them out rather than the other way round.
It would be a hundred times worse if I had children in the house.
Reminds me of this one episode of cops...
This guy taped the whole thing. As he walked into his house, all his stuff was broken on the floor, and when he got into the living room, there was this ugly, fat stranger laying on his couch completely naked! The homeowner handed off the camera to someone else just so he could beat up the naked guy! And the naked man woke up as his stomach was getting kicked in and started screaming like a little girl! It was the funniest thing! The naked guy turned out to be high on crack, and the police arrested him, while still naked.
The homeowner didn't get in any trouble, btw. In fact, the police were off-camera but were present while he was beating up the guy.
I don't know where my views lie on this. I think that I'm of the two-wrongs-don't-make-a-right view. Saying that, if I knew that my family's lives were in danger than of course I'd advocate the use of force, but not lethal force. But then again, how can you possibly know how you'd act in such a situation? It's a complex issue. But the loss of life should be avoided whenever possible.