Xocrates wrote:Which just proves my point. By any standards around here you would be heavily hardcore.
And in an Amish community I'd be tech savy, while in the real world I'm mediocre at best. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make.
Xocrates wrote:A background check and a training course go a long way in decreasing impulse buying without hampering "reasonable adults".
I'm fine with background checks, and it just depends on the nature of the training course (as I already said). How would a background check and training prevent impulse buys? I've gone through many hours of training, and go through a background check with each gun purchase. Takes me all of about twenty minutes to get one, tops.
Guns won't actually protect you.
Oh really? Well, I'll be sure to inform my friends and family who, up until this time, were under the false assumption that having a gun in their situation had protected them. Certainly a gun won't save you all the time, just a first aid kit won't save you all the time. But just because a situation might exist where precations won't save you doesn't mean precautions shouldn't be taken in case of the numerous other situations where they would.
Xocrates wrote:What's worse: a twitchy drug addict trying to rob you or a twitchy drug addict trying to rob you while believing you to be carrying a gun?
That's entirely dependant upon the situation, but in general I'd much rather be armed in such a situation than unarmed (if he's twitchy it just means that he not only won't be shooting as straight, but also any learned skills will be far degraded, while I'm on my A game
Xocrates wrote:Also, congratulations, you managed to use your gun to defend yourself, however the other guy died. You'll have to spend the rest of your life with the weight on your conscience and spend thousands of dollars in court to prove it was self defence and necessary force.
No, actually I wouldn't.
Thanks to my family's strong ties and involvment in law enforcement I've had the opportunity to meet quite a few people who, in an act of self preservation, have had to take another life. Though I make no claim to knowing each and every thought I've yet to meet one who, when asked, has expressed any indication of a guilt of what they've done. They've all said similar things, that they felt free of the burden of guilt since the taking of the life wasn't their decision, but rather the choice of the attacker who decided to place themselves into the situation. You don't just shoot someone because you want to, you do it because they've forced you into a posistion where you must decide to take a life or allow them to potentially take yours. Might I be striken with guilt? Sure, I might. But, in my experience, that isn't very likely if you've done what you're supposed to do.
Also, I wouldn't have to spend thousands proving it was neccesary. The burden is upon the State to prove otherwise (and we have very friendly laws concerning self defense in this state), and they have to pick up the bill of my defense.