Today's print edition of the WaPo's Loudoun Extra (a whopping 8 pages of mostly non-news) includes a story on what to do in the case of a home invasion. In the article, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Liz Mills urges residents, "Don't resist a robber. Your possessions are not worth your life. Follow the robber's commands but don't offer assistance."
While I agree that your possessions are
not worth your life, I completely disagree with the idea that you can
trust a burglar to just take your stuff and leave you alone. It seems
like the more frequent result is that the burglars rape, murder or
severely injure the residents. I mean, heck, they aren't there to drop
off a plate of cupcakes! If it were me, I hope I'd fight like a bastard
right down to groin kicks and eye scratching - and doing so to my dying
breath. I know I don't want to go down without a fight.