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When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
My question to the writer of the post: "So, what are you going to do about your helplessness?"
*WARNING - I may or may not know what I am talking about.
If that's your mentality then you're just a victim waiting for your turn.I don’t want to protect myself at all costs.
It's actually a reasonably well thought out little article. At least she is very open about her conflicted mentality and honestly addresses the fact that were she watching that happen, she probably wouldn't do anything differently from all the people that watched her get assaulted.
At the very least, it sounds like she came out of it a little more street smart with her decisions about earbuds and selecting a place to ride. Maybe that will be enough to keep her safe...
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"I don't believe gun owners have rights." - Sarah Brady
She is in a state of cognitive dissonance. I wish she'd get some training.
At work, reading the coverage at my desk, I think, “I could have stopped it with my pepper spray.” I would like to think that I’d have sprung into action. That I would have been willing to put myself in harm’s way. So does a writer for the Federalist, declaring that the 10 eyewitnesses displayed “not just cowardice but also a callous and unthinking selfishness.” The title of his piece: “Behold, the Beta Males Who Feel Good About Watching a Man Die.”
But in real life, I don’t want—no one wants—to get hurt. Despite my own experience and my lingering fury at the inaction of those around me, I’m not sure I would have acted any differently from those 10 eyewitnesses. If I’d been in that train car, I might have felt just like the woman who tried to become as small as possible. I might have been paralyzed with fear.
Yes, it’s hypocritical. I wish people would have helped me, and I’m not sure I could have mustered the courage to do the same.
I don’t want to be someone so passive and self-preserving that I allow a stranger to be killed right in front of me. I don’t want to protect myself at all costs. But fear is a powerful emotion. And just because we think we are brave doesn’t mean that we are.
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"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
EN MI VIDA AL MAL NO TEMER…, POR QUE EN MI CORAZ”N Y MIS DOS .38 SUPER COLT.
The Totalitarian State in America will not arise at the point of a gun. It will come with a message of
"We only want what's best for you. It's for your own good."
Other people always have the ability to attack you. One should be equipped to deal with an attack, if it comes. But that's hard to do when locked in a moving metal tube in a jurisdiction that denies the right of self-defense. And, of course, why would one expect his or her fellow passengers to be any better equipped and help?
Decent people shouldn't go near Washington, DC, simple as that.
"...there is no arguing with such snivelling puppies, who allow superiors to kick them about deck at pleasure."
– Captain Bellamy
Of course they didn't help! They knew the Government would soon be there to make everything right.
The one irrefutable lesson from that situation: whomever might soon be there won't be soon enough to matter.
Which pretty much puts the burden squarely on everyone's own shoulders. You want to be capable of stopping such heinous things in this world? Then, be capable of it. Remaining incapable serves nobody but the criminals.
The story reminds me of one that showed up on the forum several months ago where a grown man, (in his 40s), allowed a scrawny punk on the bus to use him as a punching bag and then bemoaned the fact that no one came to help him. The mentality seems to be one of a victim who simply accepts and takes for granted his victimhood or one of someone who just feels entitled to protection provided by someone else.