Shoot to live.
This is a discussion on Would you Hesitate? within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was asked the other day, would you shoot to kill? I answered if my life was in danger I would not hesitate to shoot ...
I was asked the other day, would you shoot to kill? I answered if my life was in danger I would not hesitate to shoot and kill someone who had a gun pointed at me. I then thought for a moment and said... I would hesitate if the person was a 9 of 10 year old boy or girl, this could cost me my life. What would you do?
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You shoot to stop the threat!
Whether the aggressor lives or dies is irrelevant. Your objective is to cause him to cease to be a threat to your life.
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Its a terrible thing shooting a kid.
I was in some god forsaken Mideast country back in the late 70's when a band of thugs started shooting at the hotel we were at. The group I was with returned fire. When the smoke cleared after a few minutes and we went to check them out, most were in their late teens to mid twenties. There were several in the building across the street, and and two in the alley to the left of it. One of the shooters in the alley couldnt have been more than 10. Little dude had an AK with another 4 magazines in his belt and 2 empty ones on the deck. Due to the angle,I never even saw them.
One of the guys engaged them both and took them out. When he saw that kid, he sorta freaked out. It was hard on him, very hard. He just couldnt image shooting a kid.We all had a hard time believing that they would let a kid do that with them. It made us all feel bad. In that situation it really didnt matter. When you shoot at muzzle flashes and glimpses of movement and stuff that is whizzing by and breaking and splattering stuff all around you, you just want it to stop.
It wasnt like we could tell who was doing what, but I still think that even if we could tell it was a kid, it was still an AK shooting at us and that is what we shot at.
That was my first real taste of dealing with muslims that wanted us dead. We were lucky that day as none of us sustained anything but cuts and scratches.One of the clerks in the hotel lobby got shot in the leg and a hotel guest got shot through the hips. I gotta tell the truth here though. I didnt really shoot to live and I didnt shoot to stop.I shot to kill the punks that started it.
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If you watch the news and read the papers the robbers are getting younger and more brazen ,so in reality there is a possibility that situation could arise and I will shoot to stop the threat,It won't matter if the trigger is pulled by a 10 yr old or 20 year old the bullet will kill the same.
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Will I hesitate?
Most certainly I will hesitate.
I will hesitate just long enough to be certain of target identification and target acquisition.
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Around a year ago a thread started up about an actual event where two armed teens under driving age were committing armed robbery with firearms. The very same question came up by that OP, asking about all the mental blocks, effects, and legalities of being engaged by a child.
My response then, and still remains the same:
Shoot first, let the attorneys sort it out later.
You have to be willing and able to survive a deadly encounter with a bad guy first, regardless of age, before you can worry about the aftermath.
I will support gun control when you can guarantee all guns are removed from this planet. That includes military and law enforcement. When you can accomplish that, then I will be the last person to lay down my gun. Then I will carry the weapon that replaces the gun.
hesitate? I hope not if my life is in danger. Try to kill? Never. I want to stop the threat. That is my only goal. I hope to never find out.
The Problem: When stupid people do stupid things, smart people end up getting killed.
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