Jan 20, 2004

The Good, the Bad, and the Heavily Armed 

Misha wrote up an excellent short post this morning which pointed to an even more excellent post by Kim du Toit. The question posed was this: you can practice all you like, but how do you prepare for the possibility of having to shoot/kill someone who is threatening you or your loved ones? A good question, to be sure, and fielded quite handily by the well armed South African American.

No sooner had I read this, then into my inbox popped THIS gem. Fate? Karma? I report - you decide.

Situational Issue:

You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges. You are carrying a Glock .40 and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family.

What do you do?

Liberal's Answer:

Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Have I tried asking him politely NOT to threaten us? What am I doing walking on a deserted street with my family in the first place -- I mean, wasn't I just asking for this to happen? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the Glock have an appropriate safety built into it? Why am I carrying a loaded gun and what kind of message does this send to society and my children? Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me or would he just be content to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? Besides the fact that my loving wife and innocent children might die a bloody, tortuous death at the hands of this obviously troubled man, what good would shooting him really do? This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few days to try to come to a conclusion.

Conservative's Answer:


Texan's Answer:

(sounds of reloading).
Wife: "Sweetheart, he looks like he's still moving, what do you kids think?"
Son: "Mom's right Dad, I saw it too..."
Daughter: "Nice group, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips?"

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