Defense Against Crime

03/02/2012

Lethal Weapon or Non-Lethal that is the question.

I have stated emphatically, when it come to protecting yourself against an assailant, and it’s you or them. Do what you have to do to stay alive. For many Americans this choice usually means having a firearm. Firearms have for a long time been the countermeasure of choice for effective defensive weapons. Statistically, most handguns that are purchased in the United States are for personal protection, often because that’s what we see on TV as glorified by Westerns and cop shows, or movies like Dirty Harry. However, In the opinion citizens not affiliated with the NRA or other such organizations, they are a poor option for personal protection. Guns are unnecessary in several situations and their use can have serious, life-long consequences for the user, even in justified situations. Don’t get me wrong, I know of several situations where just flashing a fire arm has made criminals think twice before committing a criminal act. On the flip side, I also know of several situations where someone who thought they were protecting themselves from an intruder had killed someone they knew, or their children got a hold of their loaded handgun and bad things happened.

Take a look at these headlines.

Just to clarify, I’m not anti-gun. I am for responsible gun ownership, and personal protection. We just believe that Guns are not the only and not always the best choice for personal protection. In order to make a more informed decision about the purchase and use of firearms, one should consider the following points.

  • Carrying a concealed weapon is illegal in virtually all jurisdictions in this country without a special permit. Be sure to research all laws before you purchase any weapon of defense product to ensure you are following the law.
  • The use of a gun in an assault situation could be considered “excessive force” unless the victim could be proved a life threatening situation existed. No you can’t just shot people who are yelling at you. In nearly 80% of all assault that are committed, no weapon is involved. It is not uncommon that using a gun on a perceived threat may be ruled to be legally justified, the victim or the family may still find himself on the losing end of a civil lawsuit.
  • Although the science of smart bullets is evolving, most bullets don’t have names on them. What happens when you miss you target and the bullet travels into your neighbor house. Anytime a gun is used, there is the possibility an innocent person may be hurt or killed. You can Google stories of people being killed or hit by stray bullets, while they were in their homes. The person discharging the firearm, justified or not, is almost always held liable for the consequences of a shooting, regardless of how “accidental” it might be. No formal charges are usually filled, but you can be the recipient of a civil law suit.
  • Most people don’t know when to or when not to shoot. Even law enforcement officers and military personnel who go through very intense training find themselves entangled in legal problems. I’ve done this training, with police, and you never know what can happen in a split second when that person turns around and something shiny is in their hands.
  • Unless you have the mentality that you are going to shoot-to-kill, using some handguns may actually be less effective at stopping an assailant that a good defense spray. There have been documented cases where an assailant has been known to kill or seriously injure someone minutes or after some time after being shot.
  • For those people who don’t know when to shoot, there have been incidents of the handgun being taken away from victims and used against them. This is also true of almost every protection product, including pepper spray, sun guns, baseball bats, etc. However, in those cases where the gun has been taken away the potential consequences aren’t nearly deadly.
  • When you decide to use a hand gun you must be mentally prepared to kill. Even if the assailant is a young punk with a knife. The psychological effects and emotional trauma of shooting and killing someone can be devastatingly life altering. Many people simply aren’t ready or mentally equipped to deal with the consequences of killing someone.
  • As seen by the stories above, there is always the possibility of innocent people being hurt when guns are used. Because guns have been glorified by TV shows and movies, and there are toy guns, there have been numerous incidents with tragic results. Many of the handguns found on the street in the hands of juveniles are either stolen or belong to their parents.

You have a legal right to protect yourself, and you have the legal right to own a firearm. However if you elect to have a firearm for yourself protection and home defense, you need to be fully trained and completely understand the dangers, consequences, and responsibility of using a gun for that purpose. In most confrontations with the criminal elements of society, citizens simply don’t need that level of firepower, especially considering the effectiveness of today’s pepper spray. Many experts agree that when most untrained citizens are armed with a gun, it’s really a tragic situation waiting to happen.

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  1. […] If you have read some of my blogs you know that I am pro-crime prevention, and advocate for neighborhood watch. However, in the mist of protecting yourself, your home or your neighborhood, there is a fine line that we must not be crossed, or the defender may become the criminal. I have also stated that when it comes to self-defense, handguns are not always the best weapons of choice. […]

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