Thanks for posting this.
Thanks for posting this.
Seems like much of the message of 'taking the High Road' to me.
Instructor told us we are held to a higher standard than "regular" people now. Simply because we legally carry a gun and they don't.
Really couldn't be said a better way. Carrying a gun brings with it a large responsibility that a lot of people don't understand, those that carry and those that don't.
It was refreshing not only to read the initial thread and its commentary but to see the replies that followed. All of them also praised the commentary and the thread. There were two things I saw in myself when I actually looked in a mirror to talk to myself about possibly purchasing a firearm. 1. Do I have reservations about using the firearm and actually ending up killing someone if, G-d forbid, I had no alternative. 2. Those alternatives mentioned in my first comment include everything and anything that avoids any confrontation, including the type of thoughts and comments in this thread. My answers were clear and unmistakeable and I take those answers with an extreme dose of responsibility. If your CCWP instructor taught you anything, it was total and complete avoidance of a confrontation and that the firearm was, indeed, an absolutely last resort and that includes profuse apology to the provoking idiot.
WOW! What a great statement. Thanks for posting this. As someone who is new to CC, this is a GREAT reminder that I'll need to keep a level head and NEVER go looking for trouble...
I learned long ago I can't kick the world's butt. A a few individuals, yes, but they don't wear a "I'm Kickable" sign on their foreheads. It is soooo much easier to walk away. It's the one's who won't let you that you need to focus on.
Ego, just like alcohol, and guns, don't mix.
Basically, if the only thing being hurled at you are words... find a way to walk away.
dbglock. Not disagreeing but there is no amount of name calling that would justify deadly force.
If you are secure in your manhood (or womanhood), you can have the most vile, insulting comments roll past you. You can be looking for what has actaully caused the confrontation and try to find a safe way out of it.
If you let those same comments drag you deeper and deeper into "his" whole, you will be stuck with almost no way out other than violence of some type.
Just because I take an insult without responding in kind doesn't mean I like it. It doesn't mean I am not angry. All it means is that I have a level of self control that may save a life someday.
That is what this is all about. The block head calling your mother/wife/girl friend a no good ...
whatever ... doesn't know he is close to being in a gun fight, but YOU DO! There isn't a "reasonable man" anywhere that will agree that it was worth a life for insults. Sure you may only want knock his block off, but what if he comes back up with a knife of a gun? Then you are in a deadly force issue. No good, at all.
Keep a level head and don't respond to insults. The life you save may not be your own. It may be some stupid load-mouth whole doesn't know any better.
I must be the one person out of thousands of members that disagrees with this. I don't aim to escalate things, but I'm not going to allow someone to walk all over me. Carrying or not, I am not a doormat. If you are being rude and disrespectful, you're getting right back what you give me. I've worked in customer service and with the public all my career and one thing I've learned is you get nowhere being the *****.