Which is exactly what parents are supposed to do. Lancaster Father Shoots, Kills Home Intruder: Officials.
A man, his wife and their children were at home when they were startled by “loud banging noises,” sheriff’s officials said.
“The (suspect) then entered the upstairs bedroom, where, fearing for his safety and the safety of his children, the resident armed himself with a handgun and fired one shot, striking the suspect,” [Deputy Juanita] Navarro-Suarez [of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau] said in a written statement.
So even in The People’s Republic of California, armed, self-defense works.