Going around thinking about how you would kill anyone you see in the name of "self defense" is how kids get shot for ringing the wrong door bell, or dad's get shot for throwing popcorn at a jerk in a movie theater.Have you sought professional help with your struggle understanding self defense VS mass murder?
This isn't right the NRA has taught for years, self defense means standing your ground and shooting to kill.Self defense is not equal to preparing to kill everyone you meet. And self defense doesn’t have to include ending life. You’re welcome to sit back, consider this, and reply again
And certainly, anyone who is not armed has got to feel more vulnerable in America.
I'm not in a warzone. I don't view other human beings as "objects" that threaten me.
Unless they live somewhere actually dangerous and high crime (such as south Chicago, SC LA, etc.), "feeling vulnerable" IMO is nothing but insecurity and/or fetishizing guns.It shows an insane, irrational sense of fear at all times. Makes sense in a war zone, it shouldn't make any sense going to the grocery store.
Being anxious, stressed, and hypersensitive to your surroundings 24/7 isn't good for mental OR physical health.Yeah I think this isn't a healthy way to think, probably leads to people being paranoid and ready to snap.
That's a bit of exaggeration for the context here. I don't approve of or defend the messaging, but they're not telling people to plan mass murders, they're telling people to be prepared to meet "bad guys" at any/every turn.Never once in my life have I left the house and thought "now what's my mass murder plan for today!"
Could you clarify what you meant? Tiny percentage of...total deaths? Gun deaths? Or did you mean the % of the number of people that own guns?I think that's a myopic view. I went looking for the percentage of gun owners that actually shoot someone and couldn't find it. My hunch is that it's tiny, probably less than one tenth of a percent.
It'd cause a lot of undue anxiety, I would imagine.I mean I'd argue that even thinking about how to stay safe all the time isn't good for your mental health but that's a different argument.
Agreed.Stand your ground is a foolish concept unless you're defending your home and family. Disengage is almost universally a better plan.
I was looking at the FBI stats the other day, about half of homicides with a gun happen because of a fight, not due to other crimes or gangs.Agreed.
But but but that wouldn't allow for shooting someone over a parking space because someone, "felt threatened".
That's the issue IMO, is that people now more than ever feel entitled and justified to shoot others for feeling slighted or insulted or angered. Not because their life is being threatened, but because fuck you I have a gun and I'll show you what it does.
Of course people have the right to defend themselves but at the same time self-defense can be sociopathic when it is pre-emptive.Are you saying that being prepared and able to defend yourself is inherently evil?
Because you are taking the words used to describe those concepts... and running wildly pejorative with their meaning.
Society would be far better and safer if it were disarmed, but neither should you disparage the concept of safety at the expense of someone that is trying to harm you. What, heaven forbid you be able to survive an assailant? You will not do that unless you are prepared in some manner. It's a roughly worded way of saying "stay safe". But if you actually think through what surviving an attack means, it's the same as it is worded. Nothing sociopath about it.
Yep, always be the winner. Sad.The point is not to be a victim, and how you go about that depends on where you live. I live in an open carry state, I've never once seen anyone armed in public. I've also never seen a homeless camp or a panhandeler. So being prepared is a little different for me. I don't have a big concern about my safety.
In your example you're accepting that your actions are in some cases dictated by your fear of being attacked. I know a few people who have rejected that thinking, who refuse to let criminals dictate their actions. I can't say I support their decision, but I do understand the thinking behind it. It's definitely a militant mindset, and my fear is that it may become a necessary mindset.
I was going to agree with you but, I had to check. Actually, the Motto is Be Prepared. There is also the Scout Oath, and Laws, ect. I get what you meant though.You seem to have completely forgotten that there is a lot more to the boy scout motto than just be prepared.
Be prepared. There are so many people with guns in this country, odds are the person ringing your doorbell or pulling into your driveway could be armed. Best to just make a pre-emptive strike, because you know you're a good guy with a gun, so statistically speaking, that girl scout is probably a bad guy with a gun. Really, you're just doing society a service. You should probably even get a medal.And we wonder why people are getting shot for ringing the wrong doorbell, parking in the wrong driveway, or opening the wrong car door.
Seriously?? Do you know anything about the Vietnam war? A proxy fight for the Cold War superpowers. A grinder that crushed American servicemen and NVA alike. And we spat on those returning from battle, with scars visible and invisible, because of a choice our government made. How righteous the protesters were sitting in their high places while other men bled.Well maybe you shouldn't have been in their country killing them? But yes, let's pat yourself on the back for being a literal fucking psychopath. Actually not even psychopaths are that insane.
Be prepared. What are the proper preparations for a delivery person especially if they are black if they accidently go to the wrong house (occurred 2x in a week last month)? What are the proper preparations for homeowners in case someone they don't know rings their doorbell.The job of a solider is to kill people and break things. We like to pretend otherwise, but the bottom line doesn't change. The advice simply means "be prepared". I know that offends the delicate sensibility's of some people, but those folks are going to be offended by anything that doesn't directly affirm their world view.
Everything we have and hold dear exists because rough men with guns did the necessary killing.