September 1st, 2008 01:53 PM
September 1st, 2008 06:36 PM
Will you hesitate?
That is one of those questions that can only be answered after the fact.
I would like to think I will perform without hesitation, but the truth is I don't know.
September 1st, 2008 07:21 PM
If they are old enough to point a weapon at me or my family, they old enough to be shot. I would not hesitate for one second.
September 1st, 2008 07:29 PM
Anyone who's been in an actual combat situation, asks themselves the same question, over and over on their way into a trouble zone. You won't know the answer until you actually do, or do not pull the trigger. Speculation is easy. Conjecture is easy. Dealing with the aftermath of pulling the trigger is NOT easy.
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USMC 8652, 2531, RVN Jun '67, - May 69
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September 1st, 2008 08:43 PM
To share a very real quote from a controversial movie (and I may be paraphrasing a bit)...
"A bullet from a child is just as effective as one from an adult. Often more effective."
It's no secret that terrorists and armies around the world have used children to do their dirty work, especially because they know that people generally have a soft spot in their hearts for children and don't think of them as threats.
Children are very effective, manipulative, often placid as long as they think they are doing what they have been taught is okay, and even easier to drug.
Not that this is a huge problem here in the states but it's not impossible to encounter a child on the other end of a very bad situation.
Of the four kids who robbed a gas station down the road from our home, shooting the clerk twice in the head on their way out, the oldest was 20, the rest were 16.
I just don't know how I would react. Would I hesitate? Would it be hard?
I can't answer that with certainty, just like I can't answer what I would do if faced with an adult. I don't think anyone can "KNOW" unless they've either been there and done that before. Even then only the situation can dictate the outcome.
September 1st, 2008 09:19 PM
Very well put. My feelings exactly !!!
Originally Posted by HotGuns
The first rule of a gunfight: "Don't be there !"
The second rule: "Bring enough gun"
jfl (NRA Life Member/Instructor - GOA - IDPA - GSSF - ex-IHMSA)
September 1st, 2008 09:28 PM
I teach social studies in an inner city high school. I'll tell you what I tell my students when they ask me the same thing:
Old enough to shoot?
Old enough to get shot.
Former Army Infantry Captain; 25 yrs as an NRA Certified Instructor; Avid practitioner of the martial art: KLIK-PAO.
September 1st, 2008 09:39 PM
I won't hesitate to defend myself if I am in fear of my life, the life of a family member or of serious and crippling injury.
Those situations happen in the blink of an eye in most occasions.
I am focused on the threat, evaluating the attackers ability and opportunity and focusing on shooting the attacker.
I feel that during all that, I will likely not even be able to stop in time to determine the age of my attacker if they are anywhere in the teen age group simply because of their statue and physical dimensions. Someone under the age group of a teenager, it may subconsciously register, but I will still be focused on trying to stop the threat and trying to keep someone from killing me.
With that said, the age of my attacker will probably not be cognizant to me until well after the shooting stops... provided I survive the encounter in the first place.
As far as how I will deal with the fact that I shot a child? I train for being able to correctly identify a life threatening attack and effectively trying to stop it. I am fully aware that children are more than capable of being a stone cold killer and I am not responsible for their poor choices in life.
I hope I can deal with it emotionally. I try to rationalize and keep things in proper perspective regarding those issues so hopefully I won't have any psychological baggage to carry around if I am ever thrust into a situation where I end up using deadly force to defend myself regardless of the age of my attacker.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
September 1st, 2008 10:12 PM
Sadly, I agree............for whatever reason, they have it in their hand and know what it does....
Originally Posted by deadeye72
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
September 1st, 2008 10:19 PM
Did it. RVN 1971. Hesitate? No. Did it cause me later regret and consternation? Yes it did and still does. But, did I hesitate? No, fired at-fired back. That was training and it worked to keep me alive. I have to reconcile my feelings withh the fact that I didn't arm and send a kid out to try to kill Americans. Still hurts though, and that can be the real price of a shooting. People aren't paper targets and it does stay with you.
Originally Posted by usmcj
RVN 1963-1966, 1967-1968, 1970-1971
Retired Marine, Retired School Teacher, Independent voter, Goldwater Conservative.
September 1st, 2008 11:04 PM
I remember talking to a Veit Nam vet telling me about setting at an outside cafe at some large city in South Viet Nam with a buddy who had 1 day left
before he was shipping out to go home when a kid of 10-11 came up to them with a grenade in a tomato can.He gave it to his buddy who was shipping home you know the rest of the story the story the poor guy died! The kid killed
himself to take out an American officer ! Hesitation kills ! When you innate an attack ,attack until the threat is terminated period!
September 2nd, 2008 10:06 PM
Tough question...one hard too answer sitting at a computer drinking beer...I would say NO.
But looking at a 10 year old face might freeze me dead in my tracks.
To err is human.
To forgive is divine.
Neither of which is Marine Corps policy.
"It's all about shot placement."- David (Slayer of Goliath)
September 2nd, 2008 11:18 PM
There are situations I know there would be very limited (if any) hesitation. An intruder will place themselves in great danger if they enter my home.
Outside the home I am flawed. I guess in my mind, I feel the need to flee before I use lethal force, unless I am at home. I just don't want to take a life, and am willing to risk my life, even if I would be in my rights to use lethal force.
This is a fine line. But I must admit, those who will have no hesitation, have an edge.
September 3rd, 2008 07:46 AM
Anyone coming to the dance has to know you may fall down and get hurt, so if you don't want to fall, don't come to the dance.
Kids are smaller than an adult, so just by physical size they make a harder target to hit. They also may be just more jumpy making hitting a moving target more of a challenge, so don't hesitate, just stop the threat.
It would be a horrible day shooting anyone, a kid would just make the situation worse.
An ounce of lead is worth 200lbs of cop.
September 3rd, 2008 08:34 AM
Originally Posted by Ram Rod
I like this answer.........
Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.
Senior Instructor for Tactical and Defensive of Texas
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