Willing to kill vs willing to die?

This is a discussion on Willing to kill vs willing to die? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by farronwolf The question as posed isn't all that easy to understand or answer. Am I willing to kill to protect myself, my ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by farronwolf View Post
    The question as posed isn't all that easy to understand or answer.

    Am I willing to kill to protect myself, my loved ones, or even other people in certain circumstances. Yes.

    Am I willing to kill to protect property under certain circumstances, if the person doesn't decide to their life is worth more than the property. Yes.

    Am I willing to accept death as a result of the previous statements. Yes.

    Am I willing to accept death so that someone else that I love may live. Yes.

    I don't know how the piles would stack up because there are way to many scenarios that could possibly be brought to the table. However, with reasonable caution and planning the instances that you will have to flip that coin should be very few in a lifetime.
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    Then there's the stack of coins with which I'd be willing to buy something in the vending machine.
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    I'm not "willing" to die for anyone. I might be forced into it, but willing? That's paramount to suicide to me.
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    Willing to kill vs willing to die?
    Didn't vote in the poll, but this seems like a easy decision, or at least it should be. I carry a firearm to defend me and mine. If anyone try's to do either any harm, I'll put um down in a heartbeat and not think twice about it. IMO, to hesitate with that decision could cost ya, so one should become comfortable with that choice before ever deciding to carry a weapon for defense. JMO, YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I'm not "willing" to die for anyone. I might be forced into it, but willing? That's paramount to suicide to me.
    Yah - I got stuck on that wording as well. If someone/something takes my life, it's not because I was willing to give it up.
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    Fascinating results, particularly the 'I'm willing to kill but not die for' camp. Introduce deadly force, and all bets are off...decide that you're willing to kill but not die for your car by drawing on the guy who's in the process of stealing it? He may have other plans, as perhaps he wasn't willing to kill for the car, but is willing to kill to avoid being shot or arrested.

    I'm in the camp that you shouldn't be pulling a firearm out unless you're willing to risk your own life, as pulling it out makes you a rather important person in the vicinity. In one course I've taken, they tell the story of being at Seaworld and dropping your expensive camera/jewelry/etc. into the shark tank during feeding time and how crazy everyone would look at you if you decided to dive in. Then they contrast it with the same scenario and your 3 year old falling into the tank, and everyone looking at you crazy if you DIDN'T jump in. The analogy is their suggested litmus test to think about what's really important enough to use a gun for, and how well you'd be able to defend your action in a civil lawsuit.

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    Here's another oblique angle on this;

    OldVet and I take exception to the willingness to die. I can see where many members construe this to mean that they'd give up their life, in exchange for saving the life of a loved one. However, this conclusion disregards that something or someone is taking a life (be it yours or your loved one). Hence, I prefer focus my attention on the thing that is causing the risk and engaging it with the attitude that I will win and not need to sacrifice my life, nor my loved one's life.

    It's all in the attitude. I may lose my life in exchange for saving another, but it will not be in a 'willing' fashion (more like in a screaming, kicking and cussing fashion).
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    The wording of the questions and the choices in the poll limit the responses to answers that do not represent my feelings on the subject.
    I don't want to kill anyone. If I, or a loved one is attacked, I will do whatever is necessary to protect them and/or myself, whatever it takes to stop the attack. It would never be my goal to kill anyone. If the attacker dies as a result of me protecting myself it's nobody's fault but his.

    I don't want to die, but there could be some scenarios where if that was the only way to protect my family, I would hope I could do that. Easy to speculate on such things sitting behind a keyboard, in the real world who knows?
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    OK, I know I nit pick at the meaning of words sometimes but sometimes I just go with the OP's intent. Other wise it ends up being like Clintons' Impeachment when he said
    depends on the definition of 'is
    I thought it was pretty simple and straight forward once I figured out the monetary situation

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I'm not "willing" to die for anyone. I might be forced into it, but willing? That's paramount to suicide to me.
    I get your point. Im not willing to die, but am willing to protect my loved ones, and If it happens that I die, I die. The willingness is to defend them at all costs.
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    A long time ago I made my mind up in that if you are trying to kill me I will do my dammest to take you with me, I will not go willing. Who knows I may be the last man standing.

    Put me in a boat trussed up to drop me off in deep water, I will be trying to knock the bottom of the boat out so that we both can go together.

    Scenario: A BG is holding one of my loved one hostage stating "put down my weapon or they will kill the hostage."

    My thought process is: If you try to kill or harm anyone that is part of my family you are committing sucide. I will do whatever is required to protect them.

    If I put down my weapon then you can kill me and the hostage. If you kill the hostage I am going to kill you. There is no assurance that when facing someone that is willing to kill that surrendering you weapon will allow anyone to live.

    Where did this attitude come from? Love of family, USMC mind set and LEO training---- in that order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Not quite sure I understand your question, but I'll try to answer it.


    To me it basically comes down to, I would kill to protect myself and my loved ones. While I will not lay down my life in vain, I would give it up protecting those I love.

    I will not kill to protect material items, but if I feel my life is in danger because someone is trying to take them by force, I will meet that force with ruthless force of my own. They may take me out, but they will not take me out easily.
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    To me stack 2 is much larger, personnal property is not worth a life. Truck, TV, Computer, all those things are not worth a human life. Now, my wifes or my kids life is much more valuable to me than a bad guys life or even my own. Those are three items that I would die for, nothing else is worth my taking a life over. The only exception may be a friend/bystander IF I fully aware of the situation, and know exactly what was going on and if was involved/witnessed the whole incident.
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