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Old 09-10-2019, 10:16 AM
Shodan is offline
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There weren't any bad guys in those examples. But neither of the people shot in your examples were shot because anybody thought they were "bad guys". They thought, mistakenly, that they presented a threat.
It's about the greater attitude expressed in tidy little aphorisms like "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" that paints the world in absolutes.
The aphorism is wrong - it isn't always the only way. But I don't see how that helps. People aren't usually 100% good or 100% bad. OK, granted. That doesn't affect my assessment of whether or not to shoot someone much.