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Ladies and Gents. Yes the likelyhood of this scenario happening is very slim but who knows what will happen in todays society. I am not knocking anyones decision or response.
"It matters not where the threat comes from or who presents it, man, woman, child, or animal. If it is a lethal threat to you or yours it must be ended period".
Yes you will have to deal emotionally with the aftermath but you would have to do that anyways no matter what.
Pregnant or not, child in arms or not she is representing herself as a lethal threat to you and yours. Her actions would be stopped just as quickly if she were an armed terrorist or gang banger, which she may be I don't know, all I know is she is a potential lethal threat. She chose her actions not me.
"A first rate man with a third rate gun is far better than the other way around". The gun is a tool, you are the craftsman that makes it work. There are those who say "if I had to do it, I could" yet they never go out and train to do it. Don't let stupid be your mindset. Harryball 2013
"There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you." William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)
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Okay, my first response to this thread was purely tongue and cheek, so my truthful answer if faced with this scenario would be; absolutely! If I honestly thought for one second that anyone was going to try to kill me, or one of my loved ones. Like sated above, it's their choice not mine, so I'll use overwhelming force to counter the attack. If the lady was holding a child, I'll give pause and try my best to defuse the situation, but if she's pregnant and it's obvious that she's out to do me harm, it's a upper torso shot or two and a quick call to 911 for the paramedics and the unborn child.
These types of scenarios are IMO laughable.... Think about it. If you find yourself in a situation like most of these scenarios are setup. You really should re-evaluate your life style. Just saying.
While we sit here and think about it... it's real hard to say we would shoot the pregnant woman... it's equally as hard to say we'd shoot the woman with babe in arms without a clear shot at her...
But the fact of the matter is, we would probably shoot at the gun pointed at us, and not even see who was aiming it. Until later when we thought about it.
If we train other than at the range, under some duress, we learn to act quickly and decisively against the threat. We should not think of the threat as a friend with a paintball gun, or a simunitions weapon, or a rubber knife.. we train against "the threat."
"The threat" becomes the target. We train to "stop the threat." In a life or death scenario, we would probably all shoot the pregnant woman if we felt "the threat" was valid. Maybe that's what I meant when I said I hope my gut tells me what to do... In the case of the babe in arms, I would hope that I would be cognizant enough to avoid hitting the child.
It could be worse!
To the officer/DA..."Oh my god!!! She was pregnant!!! All I could tell was that she was pointing a gun at face and I did what I had to do."
If I noticed that she was pregnant, no, I wouldn't. But I wouldn't stop to ask her what the results of her last pregnancy test were, either.
Some of you replied with excuses why you would not shoot this woman. I understand your points, but when you are dead will it make you feel better? Remember the situations in Vietnam when little children would come up to our military--so innocent and cute---except for the bomb they were going to explode once they were near you. Explain away that one to the men who died "because they were just little children".
Yes...two in the head then call 911.
I guess I would shoot. As far as the unborn baby, if the mother lives she will most likely lose custody of the child. Assuming the woman is a baby popping machine that uses crime sprees to finance her proscuitiy you may actually help this child to a better life.
Yes. The aftermath would suck though.
IMO, under the stress of having a gun pointed at me, my last though is going to be a baby. If it were a slow evolving situation, I might have time to give a clear assessment and make a better or worse decision. In a fast moving scenario, I would likely default to self-defense.