posted on Apr, 18 2007 @ 09:46 AM
Originally posted by razor1000
what did u do in the marines?
I was an infantryman. But the advantage to being an infantryman is that you have a rifle.
I don't mean to upset anyone who is sure they know what they would do, but my take is that there are just too many things that depend on the
situation for anyone to be sure what they would do unless they are actually in that situation then and there.
that if somebody was in arms reach of me and didn't have the gun pointed right at me, (or if they did and were about to shoot) I'd
make a move. I can't conceive of any reason not to that might deter me. Plus I do have a distant experience with that situation, kind of. When I was
in elementary school, I got into it with a few guys and one of them had this pretty realistic looking BB gun. I suckerpunched him and grabbed it,
thinking it was real, then when all it did was plink at him I got the snot kicked out of me. (side note, the lesson there is that kids are stupid and
should probably be kept away from guns)
Now on the other hand, I know exactly, for sure, what would happen if I was sitting here at my computer next to the window and I suddenly heard a
flurry of gunfire at close range... I'd hid the friggin floor, move very quickly down the hallway, and call the cops while checking on my family...
That was a couple of months ago. I like my neighbors and when possible I'll protect them, but until I hear somebody trying to get into my house,
getting the gun out is secondary to seeing if anybody in my house has a sucking chest wound. All was well... as it turned out my neighbors both
started it and got the better end of it (I hate this neighborhood).
But although I think I know what I would do in some
situations, there's no being sure till you've done it. What is the layout of the area
where this is happening, how far apart are we, what kind of gun, does he look like a fish, how likely is it that I'm dead if I don't act, what
chemicals are being dumped on my neuroreceptors by the millions of years worth of evolution that are all designed to make me do whatever is most
likely to help me survive this situation with my reproductive system in tact (sounds funny, but that's exactly what fight or flight is for when you
get down to it)?