Using deadly force to defend yourself is not a desirable event. But its necessity makes it a good one, which is why you should carry concealed.
In a comment to one of my recent posts, reader “Woodsman” said:
“Violence, no matter how justified, will not advance what we consider good, but it allows those of us who do good, to survive.”
I think that is a profound and articulate statement of truth.
To use deadly force to defend yourself and those under your protection from lethal assault is not a desirable event. It’s actually a very horrible event, one made necessary by the possibility of a more horrible event initiated by someone else—someone who would do us harm for gain or amusement.
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And before you think this argument rests in the lofty area of philosophy, I think it has some very practical benefits.
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In every CCW class I have observed, and in every crop of new rookies I have seen pass through the police academy, there are always one or two hot shot “crusaders.” They just somehow seem a little too eager.
Through comments, which run the gamut from subtle to blatant, they let it be known that they feel a duty through street justice to right the collective wrong of a culture that coddles criminals and fosters uncivil behavior.
Maybe it’s just me, but even when you take that sad cultural decline into account it seems dangerous for someone with such attitude and eagerness to put on a gun.
In the first place, it could cloud judgment when a sudden situation demands instant analysis of lethality of risk.
And if you have to shoot, any reputation created by that crusader attitude could work against you in police reports, at the DA’s office and in court.
Violent criminal predators are bad people. But if they assault you, killing one of them is not a feel-good activity (ask any cop who has survived a gunfight).
My astute reader was right. Violence does not create good, no matter how strong the justification for it. But what it can do is even the odds, allowing those with the tools to do so to do the ultimate good—to survive.
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