I think my argument would be: At least he had a chance! No gun....no chance. That just about precisely echoes the thoughts of the Founding Fathers. I think, IIRC, that it was Jefferson who said:P95Carry said:It is so easy to try and judge these things remotely - but it doesn't sound like his CCW did him a whole lotta good!!
He wasn't one of the ones being shot at; he went to the sound of the gun shots, which he might not have done had he not been armed. Instead, he might have gone the other way and gotten away.ExSoldier762 said:I think my argument would be: At least he had a chance! No gun....no chance.
he seems to have thought that the presence of his handgun, tucked in his belt under his shirt, was going to strike fear into the heart of the shooter and turn him into a quivering mass of jelly, begging for forgiveness.He walked to the front of the store to see what was going on, and took a defensive posture, crouched to one side in the store’s entrance. He had his gun out, but tucked it back into his belt, under his clothes, after thinking better of it...
“We had eye-to-eye contact the whole time,” McKown said. He is unsure if Maldonado saw his weapon.
McKown, standing, said to Maldonado, “I think you need to put that gun down, young man.”
McKown’s hand was back near his gun. Maldonado swung his barrel over and opened fired from the hip.
Perhaps this is the source of the problem. Seems that, although he had a gun, he really wasn't armed.As for Maldonado, McKown said he hopes whatever prompted his actions will be addressed so that he can become a productive member of society, and that he would be willing to help.
If I'm ever one of the people in the background and he is shooting at us (the rest of the people that you see in the background in addition to me) please, I beg of you, TAKE THE DAMNED SHOT! We're already being shot at.P95Carry said:Had he still been hesitant but with good cover then perhaps he could still have avoided all the hits and fired back - assuming even then he had a clear field of fire.
That was pretty much my take on his reactions (wrong though I may well be). Also the primary reason my initial reaction would be to get the family out and let the "deer in the headlights" fend for themselves. The days of taking care of bad business, and having the town-fathers give you a never-empty mug of suds, are long gone.havegunjoe said:Blame the lawyers I say.
I believe it was the fear we all have of what the lawyers are going to do to us if we get involved.
As it is in most states we are all scrared of legal repercussions.
As for Maldonado, McKown said he hopes whatever prompted his actions will be addressed so that he can become a productive member of society, and that he would be willing to help.
I don't know what kind of training was necessary for his CCW, but this indicates that he had some kind of idealized view of violence and self defense. In fact, my reaction from these statements is that he may not have know enough to be afraid of lawyers.McKown, standing, said to Maldonado, “I think you need to put that gun down, young man.”
Cop wannabe?McKown, 38, said he carried a gun and even trained for situations where he could keep innocent people from getting hurt.
When we practice, do we practice challenging someone? As in,McKown, standing, said to Maldonado, “I think you need to put that gun down, young man.”