How about, "STOP!" "GET BACK!" "STEP AWAY!" "NO!" "HEY!" "I'LL SHOOT!" There are a lot of ways to get someone's attention without firing a gun.Quote:
I just find it hard to believe that nobody here can possibly think of any scenario where you might need to get somebody's attention without killing them.
Here's a "copy/paste" of what I said in the "warning shots" thread and I think it applies here..Quote:
But after I stopped to think about it, I realized there might be a time and place for it. Very rare, certainly. But to say that there never could possibly exist a scenario where it would be appropriate would be foolish.
Obviously there are a vast number of people who do not agree with the concept of a warning shot. Can we definitely say what we would do in all scenarios, ever, for all time? No.. because the possibilities are infinite and so are our abilities to respond.
BUT it is NOT a bad thing to set your mind to rule OUT a possibility that 99 times out of 100 is going to be a bad option.
I would hope that everyone here would say "Never ever ever" to plenty of scenarios put before them but when push comes to hard shove the impossible can become possible. Does that change the principle or "never!"? Of course not. It simply changes the situation.
Having the mindset of "I'll never do this" keeps your options limited which, in a life-threatening situation IS good when it comes to gunfights. Sure, in fighting in general you want lots of options but in gunfights it's pretty simple: shoot the bad guy or don't shoot the bad guy. The fewer options you choose to embrace the less you will have to think about "Hmm, should I do this or this or this or this or maybe this or well, there's that, too." Sure, there could be lots of other options.. shooting the chandelier cord and dropping it on the bad guy's head, or whatever.. but for most of us, most of the time we consciously limit ourselves to shoot the bad guy or don't shoot the bad guy because it's the safest bed that conserves the most ammo and keeps us on target.
As for warning shots, most of us have a "never" mindset. It takes out the guess work of "hmmm... would a warning shot work or be applicable here" where, in the vast majority of cases it will not and could actually be illegal and get you in far more trouble than it's worth. That "never" mindset saves us from possibly choosing option C when it is a bad option. Does that mean option C will NEVER EVER EVER EVER present itself. Not necessarily but I can pretty safely say that it probably never will. Which means it's a moot point.
The fact of the matter is that options abound. In a gun fight we could all decide to stand stock still and scream at the top of our lungs while we fire shots straight up into the air. We could decide to jump on one foot and recite the Gettysburg address, punctuating each sentence with a shot into the ground. We have those options and we can do whatever we want. But that doesn't make those smart or good options and so we don't sit there and think, "Hmm, when would be it be applicable for me to stand straight and scream at the top of my lungs while firing my gun in the air?" It's not an option because most of the time it would be a bad option and don't want to have to reap those consequences. Can you say with certainty that it would NEVER EVER BE an option? Hey, nothing's impossible right?
Stoically defending your opinion that you would fire a warning shot does not make it any more of a valid option. It doesn't make it any less of an option either. What I believe most of us find disturbing is that one would so readily embrace it as a viable option when it clearly is not a vast majority of the time. It means one might choose it as an option at the wrong time and end up reaping the consequences (whatever those may be) and forcing others to live with your consequences as well.