This is a discussion on You think you might have emotional trouble shooting a bad guy? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I haven't in the past and don't expect any should it be necessary again in the future....
I haven't in the past and don't expect any should it be necessary again in the future.
Although JJ really ticks me off in this too. Knowing full well what this POS is and what he's done and all she gave him was probation? WTH?
Bogey should be in with a cellmate named bubba to slap him around and call him susan!
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What Judy made clear was that if he had gone before her while she was a family court judge, the only way he would have gotten probation from her would be after he did at least a full year in jail first.
"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."
This is my first thread in this forum. I am glad to be here.
I am currently on a Government sponsored trip to the Middle East. I get to OC while I am here. Although there has been little excitement other than a few roadside gifts, the thought of lethal escalation has been a subject on my mind. I have no hang ups about firing and killing an attacker. It is more likely that if anything ever happens, one of my buddies would be pulling the trigger. Keeping in mind, we tend to decentralize the human side of the enemy. It is easier to simply see a target.
When I get home to El Paso, just down the road from the horrible city of Juarez, I plan to CC nearly 24/7. The difference between the two places is my family. Here I am surrounded my armed persons. We expect to be shot at eventually. When I get home I hope to be able to let go of that stress, while also being ready to protect by family. Either way, I am ready, but I think it would be an emotional act. Even more so if my family is standing there.
I won't say I wouldn't think about it afterwards, but before, during and the immediate after, I'll do what I have to, I'll worry about the afterwards when it comes and ask God for his forgiveness.
"I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger" Mencius"
As to your question...If the time comes to pull the trigger due to danger to my life or my family's life, I will have made the decision many moons before being pushed into the act. It's one thing to practice shot placement, it's a deeper decision to develop the necessary MINDSET to do the deed, and then to deal with the aftermath. I personally think the aftermath will be much more difficult to deal with than the decision to defend my life with deadly force...JMO
Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.
Maybe I'm just an old guy who's been around a long time, and therefore, my sympathy for those who prey upon the weak and elderly have a special place in my heart...it's not a place you would want to be.
Would I have emotional problems defending the lives of my family or myself? No! (But I've never worn those shoes either.)
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To answer the question asked in the title of your post. Probably. That is the difference between us and the thugs out there. We have a conscience. We are not out trying to get what we want by stealing it from someone else, we go to work and earn what we want. While I would not hesitate to defend myself or my family, I would probably have trouble sleeping afterwords.
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I feel so much better knowing I wasn't the only one sitting home watching Judge Judy Today!
I don't have time to distinguish between the unfortunate and the incompetent, The end result is always the same!
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I think someone who is responsible enough to go to the trouble and expense of getting a carry permit, is also likely to hold their own life as sacred enough to defend at the risk of sleepless nights later.
Emotional trouble surviving an onslaught or attack from an enemy? No....I don't think that's going to happen. There's absolutely no reason to have emotional troubles over killing another human being who's intentions are killing you. It's a basic law of survival, and it spans the many faiths of this world with their beliefs concerning taking life. I could give you a reason and a purpose for every one of them here, but it would take literally days for me to sort it all out and compile the data.
Where we may differ on the ideals may be based on self survival, and duty to my country that others may not have experienced. You get shot at and you respond......and you respond with your best intentions of survival.....(kill or be killed). In my mind, there's no question, nor emotion involved in that scenario. It's a 'keep it simple' sort of ordeal. If you think there's going to be a problem with that down the road, then in my honest and outspoken opinion..........you'd make a better victim without any defense as to wait for something to occur whereas you'd need to make that decision you might be emotionally damaged by.
Note......all emotions are good or bad depending on how you identify with them. We're all different, and I'm not going to stand out in the crowd to proclaim emotions as a possible weakness. But that's what I believe, and your emotions could very well get you six feet under on the premise of being concerned for your fellow human being that just might kill you over nothing.
Life is no game....what is life? Flesh and blood, and what's inside that brain of a human being. We don't do what we do here to rid the world of evil....we try to keep it from happening to us because we are good and deserve to survive. We have that right. Victims can't recount their emotions when the time arrived because......well, they were victims and no longer with us. All we could do at this point is to feel the emotion of sadness and displeasure at their demise, and hatred toward those that took them out of this world. Emotions are really not something to dabble in when it comes to a fine line, or a definitive one. The aftermath of our own actions is something we'll all deal with on our own. That's in past tense and has nothing to do with the present. Think more on it and maybe you won't be as concerned about trivial things. You went through the Marine Corps too.
As members of this forum, we all know that the world we live in is dangerous, and nirvana can turn to hell, in a microsecond. It SUCKS. I too weep for society.
I made the decision, long ago, to protect me and mine, with everything ounce of my being; without regard to the feelings or physical well being of my attacker. If that means deadly force then, so be it. I will not start it, but I, and my loved ones will be around for the finish. So Help Me God.
I will not mourn or second guess my actions.
Don't tread on me or mine.
I am comfortable laying on a rock in the sun; bothering no one. If you choose to ignore the above statement, you will wish all you had to do, is deal with a snake.