George Grier of Uniondale ran afoul of New York's poor gun laws and may spend prison time for trying to defend his family. It seems he was unaware that New York has no law supporting the "Castle Doctrine" specifically recognizing a right to defend ones home and family from intruders. Instead, New York recognizes a sort of honorable fair fight concept, saying you are only entitled to use physical force to deter physical force. This doesn't take into account age, fitness, training, or size, but it looks great in action movies where the hero tosses away his helmet after he knocks off the helmet of his foe, and tosses away his own shield after removing his enemy's shield to keep the fight fair. Give me a break!
Where Mr. Grier went wrong was going back outside of his home after fetching his gun. If he had left the multiple verbal challenges unanswered and recognized the New York law's "duty to retreat" by holing up in the house with his family he wouldn't be in the fix he is in now. If the intruders had then crossed his threshold, his case would have been stronger. Also, the police say they have no record of a 911 call from his house after Mr. Grier said that he had told his wife to call the police.
This case underscores the need to know the legal environment in which you live. Remember that in Texas, Joe Horn shot two men outside his house in 2007, and was exonerated of all charges. He was attempting to stop a robbery of a house across the street.
The cherry on top of all this is, now Mr. Grier is under indictment and perhaps disarmed, and the aggressive men who challenged him are emboldened to perhaps do much more than taunt him and his family. If something worse happens, I hope the Brady Bunch sends flowers.