This is a discussion on Killing a human is not a game. within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Nate I served in the military. I'm not going to grab my AR-15 (like the M16A2 I used) or use the entry ...
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If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. ~ Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
The decision to defend myself or one of my family members will be mine and mine alone. I hope that reason will prevail in any hostile circumstance that presents itself. If I worry too much about the civil suite aspects of my action, I just might find myself taking a dirt nap for all of eternity. I was robbed at gunpoint many years ago before I started carrying. By the grace of God, I wasn't shot at the time. I can not honestly say how the situation would have been different had I been carrying at the time. Perhaps the only difference would have been that I would not have chosen a somewhat darkened establishment at night to buy gas - I don't know. I'd believe that I evaluate situations more favorably now. Thanks for all of the thought provoking knowledge and advice on this thread.
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Dont show it don't talk about it but if you have to use it ,2 shoots take a look 2 more its first you and your family
The last thing I would want to do is have to shoot somebody. If there is any way to prevent this from happening I would try it first. Carrying a gun puts me at ease knowing I can defend myself. There are people out there who do not think the same way about takeing a life.
that pretty much says a lot if not all. i'm extremely passive and can't fathom hurting anyone for no reason at all. but when i was on convoys being shot at (OIF 1) i didn't hesitate to shoot back, i didn't have conflicting feelings, and i don't regret it now. i also don't think i'd have a problem throwing that "BG switch" again if it's going to make things right. i'm too realistic to let the aftermath of the death of a BG haunt me; being that the worst case. if you did all you could do to avoid the situation then what can you do.Originally Posted by Nate
I served in the military. I'm not going to grab my AR-15 (like the M16A2 I used) or use the entry tactics and such from my service to shoot up innocent people. Then again, I was raised right, and have common sense. On the flip side, I use those tactics and weapons in the video games I play, to great effect. Would I ever use them on another person? Not unless my life was at stake
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I can think of a dozen things worse than having to fatally shoot someone in self defense.
Fact of the matter is that all creatures, from hamsters to birds to horses to humans, ALL will do anything to survive.
Even our own bodies fight when they are threatened by infection and shock. Defending ourselves is not just our right, it is our nature.
I have to shake my head when I hear people say things like, "I WOULD NEVER hurt another human being, not for ANY reason."
It's simply untrue.
We will run, fight, kick, scream, gouge, dodge, spit, bite, beat, fail, choke, ANYTHING to protect ourselves, if not those we love.
It's not a question of whether we WOULD kill someone to defend ourselves, but a question of COULD we. We WILL fight to defend, but are be capable to do so?
I guarantee you that the woman who is raped in her own home puts up as much of a fight as she is able. The man who is beaten to death by a group of kids with hoe handles (true case) probably fought like he'd never fought in his life, but it wasn't enough.
We who carry just even the odds a bit (or a lot). The only difference between us and them is the fact that we KNOW we have the potential to kill, it's sitting on our hips, in our pockets, around our ankles, in our holsters.
We have to deal with the fact that we can and will end a life to save our own.
A person being attacked in a dark ally very well may get the better hand and beat their attacker to death, given the opportunity, he just didn't know he had that potential until the battle was over. Chances are he may have to deal with some survival's guilt because of it as well.
We know we have that potential and it is a grave, serious and humbling responsibility; a responsibility that should NOT go over looked.
I have never been in a fire fight but I would imagine that not everyone has the ability to take someone's life.
Once, when I was a youth, I seen a grown man with a baseball bat in his hand stand frozen in the face of an unarmed attacker just to eventually drop the bat and take a serious beating. I guess he was not prepared to make a decision to seriously hurt/kill the other man in defense of his life nor did he appear to have the common sense to run. He was not prepared for the situation and spent time in the hospital because of it.
I think that all of us are born with a fight or flight response but some of us get the switch jammed between the two and do nothing. Some people convince themselves that a situation is not happening and others merely underestimate the situation. Then there are those that overestimate a situation. The only thing any of us can do is prepare for things mentally BEFORE they happen.
I once wrestled a knife from a fellow who was threatening to stab his brother. I am not sure whether I could have taken his life had it turned ugly but I was young at the time. I had never prepared myself to make that decision. I now feel like I could relieve a man of his life if it is him or me.
I think it all comes down to actually MAKING the decision that it is HIM or ME(or your family) in the face of danger. Anyone who would take a life without drawing to the correct answer of the HIM or ME decision should not be carrying a weapon nor should anyone who isn't prepared to make the HIM or ME decision. If you do not feel like you can do it, you should not carry a firearm until you can. Prepare yourselves because as William Munny said, "It's a crazy thing killin' a man. You take away everything he has and every thing he's ever gonna have." It's a big decision with only seconds to make it, so plan for it.
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If he was gonna decorate his bar with my friend, he shoulda armed himself.
"Talk themselves into it"? Nah. It's more of coming to understand the full ramifications of the step, in advance of that step. IMO, it should be a deliberate and contemplative act, with a decision made after full reflection. But that's just me.
Growing up we didn't have any firearms in our home, it wasn't until I was in college there was a few things that shaped my perspective on self-defense. When I was thinking about getting a criminal justice degree. I had to decide if I could do what ever was necessary. The second was when my dad called and told me about one of the officers in our town getting killed. I know how serious of a responsibilty it is to carry, it isn't I don't take cavalier at all, but I don't fret about how awesome of a responsibility it is either.
The most interesting thing I have found out about myself since I have been carrying is that I'm actually longer suffering of fools. Not that I was a punk before, maybe I'm just getting more mellow in my 'old age' I don't know. I guess sometimes it isn't necesarily a bad thing to reflect on what we believe, the way we live.
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton
To carry is not a game. I don't feel like a 'tough guy' when I carry. I'm not a tough guy and never have been. I've always been a good guy, a gentle, fair, decent man. I practice and carry to give myself a chance to stop a POS from hurting me or my family. I am a human but I view a predator as inhuman. Although I've gone 58 years without harming or hurting anyone, and prefer to live out the rest of my life in my gentle manner, I would do my best to stop a life-threat to myself and family..The consequences may be terrible but to do nothing and watch my family harmed or killed would be far worse. I'd rather live in a jail than live with that torment.
It is another tool in life.
I practice with it and enjoy its company...
It comes with more than bullets and a handbook...
It requires training, practice, common sense, and planning. Although I do feel safer with a weapon, it is no guarentee for ultimate safety...just makes the odds better in my favor.
What I have found my sidearm providing for me is:
...a more profound respect of life
...a search for the best way to avoid trouble
...a more relaxed approach to difficulties in life
...more personal confidence which allows me to let rude and disrespectful individuals to have a wide path
...a reason to give rage-filled drivers 'both' lanes...if they want them
...a much more tolerant and polite attitude
...a reason to be observant and much more aware of the world around me
Stay armed...stay safe!
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Killing is not a game, it's true.
Human nature is to avoid killing other humans. Often a person who fully intends to kill another hesitates. That's why in many stabbings the first several strikes are shallow. A person with a gun will usually hesitate even after they have decided to pull the trigger.
Musashi actually writes about this in "A Book of Five Rings", and other authors have discussed it as well.
The secret then, when one finds oneself in a dangerous situation is to consciously decide NOT to hesitate. If you are aware of the tendancy you can overcome it. The easiest way to do so, IMO, is to realize that once your opponant crosses a certain line... whatever that line is for you... he has forfeited his life. Your enemy is the one who kicked in your door, pulled a gun or knife on the street or otherwise initiated the violence.
Killing is not a game, but TOO much hesitation, reluctance or remorse will get you killed... and as life is not a game there are no redos.
"I am a Soldier. I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight." GEN George S. Patton, Jr.