Protecting others? would you or not?
This has been on my mind for a while, long before I got my CCW permit. Naturally I'd shoot someone if I had to protect my girlfriend, or other family member. I wouldn't want to do it, but I would if I was forced to and had no other way out.
But what about strangers? Don't get me wrong, I don't want a stranger to be hurt by someone. But I find myself wondering, is it my problem? Aren't they capable of getting a gun themself and carrying for protection just like I do? Sometimes I wonder if I were to come upon a situation.. if I shouldn't just worry about me and my own.. and try my best to not feel guilty for doing that if someone else got hurt.
My reasoning for this is lawsuits. Unless you are lucky enough to live in a state that protects you from civil lawsuits due to justified shootings, which I'm not. As we all know, shooting someone can mean big trouble. How much trouble are you going to get in potentially, and how much should you risk that trouble to help others? Do I really want to risk losing everything I own, because someone else chose to not have a way to defend theirself?
I don't know how to answer my own questions here. I don't ever want to shoot anyone, not even someone who deserves it. If it's to protect myself or my family, or my friends, then I'm going to just have to do it and deal with whatever comes. But I just don't know if I could risk losing everything for some stranger. It's not that I don't want to help them. I really do want to help people. But in today's sue happy world you just risk a lot.
I suppose it would all just come down to the situation. Witnesses that are calling out for someone to stop this attacker, shoot him, etc. That might make it a bit easier, but I'd still be cautious. I carry so at the end of the day, if I ever meet death face to face out on the streets.. hopefully I return home that evening. I don't carry for others protection, that's not my priority. But it doesn't make me wrong for thinking that way does it? Would others risk their life, their freedom, or everything they own.. to help me? Would I expect them to? I don't know that I would. This has really made me think about having some sort of good less-lethal form of protection that I could carry along with my gun. Such as a taser maybe. As it is right now, my girlfriend when she's with me.. she carries pepper spray and I carry the gun. She could always carry the taser in her purse for me to use, should I ever have the time to think what I can do in a situation, then act if I choose to..
I really don't know.. and at this point I'm rambling. I just don't know how I should feel about this situation. So hopefully others input will help me find an answer for myself. I don't ever want to feel the guilt of thinking I could have done something.. but didn't.. and I don't ever want to feel the pain of doing something, and losing everything because of it either.