That right there helps me to take a moment to collect my thoughts and be, calm and cool again when I run across an idiot driver. Some people practically throw themselves to the Reaper by their own stupidity.
+1 for you, the gun is to protect your life against those who would take it, not your pride from those who would injure it!Testosterone and Hoppe's #9 don't mix! I'm a firm believer in the old 'an armed society is a polite society' motto. If I'm carrying, I try to be the nicest person I can be.
same here. i make it a point to be overly polite and courteous. We have to get the bad connotation out of the sheeple's mindTestosterone and Hoppe's #9 don't mix! I'm a firm believer in the old 'an armed society is a polite society' motto. If I'm carrying, I try to be the nicest person I can be.
- John Bernard Books played by John Wayne in "The Shootist", explaining how he lived to old age despite having been a "gunfighter".It isn't always being fast, or even accurate that counts; it's being willing. I found out early that most men, regardless of cause or need, aren't willing; they blink an eye or draw a breath before they pull the trigger...I won't.
Thank you.I reckon this is where I insert one of my stock comments from the Firearms Seminar (Keep in mind this is about Virginia law and I don't pretend to know spit about AZ or anywhere else):
You really have to know each and every word of the self-defense/defense of others rule cold, and understand what it all means. "If you have a reasonably held, good faith belief, based on an objective body of fact, that you or another innocent third party is faced with the threat of an imminent (or immediate), serious bodily injury, then the use of force, including deadly force, is excusable."
Here's the part that shocks some folks, and is at odds with what you'll hear from cops and other lawyers: If you have a good reason to shoot to kill (with reference to the self defense rule) then pull your gun out and shoot to kill.
This involves taking the life of another person, and is the only real reason for carrying a handgun around in public. I have three fire extinguishers in my house, and I really hope I never have to use one; I don't keep them with the expectation that my house is going to catch on fire, but I'm ready for it to the extent I can be. Same thing with guns; be ready, willing, and able to cause the horrible death of another person, but pray to God you never get put in the situation in which you have to do so. But if you are, you are; you have to be able to do what's necessary to protect yourself, your family, and your home.
But if you do not have a reason to kill, don't even think about the gun; don't talk about it, don't make any reference to it, don't touch it, and above all, do not pull it out of the holster. The way trials work in Virginia makes the use of deadly force sort of a binary choice. You either have to kill someone or you stay perfectly calm and peaceable. There really is no middle ground, unless you're a law enforcement officer who has to intimidate a fleeing felon or serve a search warrant on a house being used for methamphetamine production at 2:00 a.m. Unless you're a law enforcement officer (and even then, regardless of what cops actually get away with, and what you see on TV), the law regarding pointing a gun at someone is pretty tight.
Of course, you can always change your mind and decide that it's safe to put the gun away, after having drawn it with the clear intention of shooting someone.
Also, you note that I do not attempt to depersonalize the person being shot by the use of terms such as "threat", "Zombie" or "Badguy". I don't use euphemisms like "stop the threat". Shooting a human being is shooting a human being, and there's no way around that. If you cannot live with the horror of that thought, you probably ought not be carrying a gun, because it can get you killed. And if you ever have to go to court because of having shot someone, believe me, the two-ton canary in the room will be the fact that you shot someone and there won't be any way to dance around that fact. (One way in which my style is different from other attorneys who like to avoid unpleasant subjects at trial, thinking they'll offend the delicate sensibilities of the jury.)
- John Bernard Books played by John Wayne in "The Shootist", explaining how he lived to old age despite having been a "gunfighter".
Given the mentality of some of the drivers I see on the roads, those cards would probably be a surefire roadrage igniter.