I’ve read enough of these threads regarding the relative merits and drawbacks to private gun ownership, and said nothing about it…Time for me to go on record.
I have had the ‘opportunity’ of looking down the barrel of a gun, held by a man determined to kill me, on a couple of occasions. (No, I’m not a law enforcement officer of any type, and it was not during a military conflict.) I am happy to say that, in neither instance, did the crook get away with anything, and the situation was resolved without the necessity of deadly force. In both cases I was armed with a concealed Berretta 9mm with 16 rounds of B.A.T. ammunition.
As to the comments alluded to by radar ralf: I didn’t perceive them to be serious; and I’m sure that was the impression of others as well. I’d wager this to be the cause of what you believed to be lackluster interest.
I’m sorry to say, that the idea of using a tool that has all of the appearance of being a deadly weapon, to mark criminals for later apprehension, frightens me for painfully obvious reasons–I can’t think of a more foolhardy action. I prefer to hope that it was proposed as a joke.
A gun is a tool of LAST RESORT in a situation where lives will certainly be lost, or bodies maimed, if deadly force is not immediately implemented. I want you to read again the words: LAST RESORT, and interpret them in the appropriate context of common sense.
A weapon should never be brought into play unless it is clear that deadly force is unavoidable, and it is the intention of the defender to inflict mortally incapacitating injury to the perpetrator of a crime upon themselves or a loved one. At that time, the decision has already been made to kill. Not to intimidate, or frighten the criminal into cowering submission; nor to unnecessarily escalate the situation either.
I grant you that some situations unfold with rapidity, and decisions to defend must be made under the poorest of conditions; but the fundamental right to protect oneself does exist, and is protected by the Constitution. It is up to the individual to regulate their own actions.
Responsible gun owners are probably the group most concerned about the proliferation of guns into the hands of irresponsible individuals; inasmuch as the actions of an irresponsible gun-wielding person cast a negative shadow over the millions of individuals who act responsibly with respect to gun ownership.
There exist many reasons for personal concealment of a weapon by a responsible gun owner; however, I consider the imperative of maintaining possession and control of the firearm to be the most important of these reasons. An unconcealed firearm is a easy to remove from the possession of the owner.
The issues surrounding firearms ownership are necessarily complex, yet they are based upon the same premise: We don’t want guns in the hands of the incompetent or irresponsible, reserving such ownership for those who would use good judgement and restraint.
Taking a life is a grievious matter, and it should never be addressed in a glib or facetious fashion. I dread the day that I may have to take a life in my own defense, of in defense of my family, but I have made the decision that, if necessary, I will do so.
Did I rant? I think I ranted. Sorry for ranting…I think I’m better now.
(The Original EnigmaOne)
Common ¢ for all ages.