Colonel Mustard was no where to be found.
This homeowner first decided to be compliant and was bound with duct tape in his own bedroom by an intruder. Suddenly, compliance didn’t really sound like the best course of action. So, Tim got nimble; Tim got quick; Tim grabbed a candlestick!
Now, I’m very glad that Tim survived this particular encounter. It serves as a great reminder that the weapon is between your ears. With the odds stacked against him, Tim improvised. Good!
But, Tim also had a firearm in a place where the bad guy could get to it before he could. Bad.
And Tim didn’t get perforated by his own gun because it only had one bullet, and it wasn’t in the chamber. He got lucky. Ugly.
Your home is no place for a fair fight*. Stack the deck against anyone that should decide to enter your home uninvited. Keep your best defensive tools close and at the ready. Don’t put your hope in the benevolence of criminals.
*In a fair fight, there are referees; the only things at stake are trophies, medals, and pride. If your life is at stake, don’t fight fair.