The Aftermath, A little different - I think.
This is a re-creation of a post that was lost during the down time. If you responded to the other one, please share again.
My question is about the aftermath of a shooting. We have talked much about how to deal with LEO and media, but what about the BG's family and friends?
I used the example of a family I used to live next to (when I lived in town) that had three pre-teen boys that were pretty much trouble. I was always able to deal with them in a way that was firm and I believe I commanded respect from them, as I never was a victim of their bad behavior (petty theft, vandalism, etc.). However, I was always a little concerned that if I really came down hard on them, I would be setting up my property or family for "revenge". Right or wrong, its how I felt.
Well, apply the revenge mentality to defensive shooting. After the media plasters your house, face and family all over the 6 o'clock news for a week or two, how do you deal with the BG's family or gang buddies that want to "avenge their honor"? This could even apply to the guy who breaks up a crime with the show of force. Will the BG's ego be bruised enough to come at you later?
While I don't believe this should play into a shoot/no-shoot decision, I wonder how we plan to deal with this very real after shooting scenario.
Anyone out there with real life experience? I'm not asking for details of a shoot, rather, how you dealt with the aftermath. Was this concern a reality?
In my original post, I summed up by asking the question:
Is there any such thing as a "normal" life after a defensive shooting?
My gut tells me, no.
What do you think?