reply to post by Hazelnut
Thank you for your honesty. It IS refreshing to read someone looking at this problem with compassion and apprehensive morality. What a pleasing break
from the typical anonymous bravado.
I've been taught to shoot, but I've also been taught to value life. Everyone's not just my own.
The obvious problem arises when you, or someone you love is in IMMINENT danger. I don't mean threats, but actual danger. No one here can you tell you
what to do then.
Some will say hold on to your faith and pray. Some will say shoot first and ask questions later.
Anything could be used as a weapon, but the best one by far is going to be your head. I think preparedness, planning and practicing your potential
actions will give you some confidence and piece of mind.
Behaviourally, you pretty much have only three options, and I think you know this. Fight, flight and surrender.
'He who fights and runs away will live to fight another day.' - Demosthenes (338 B.C)
Surrender is almost certainly a humiliating death. Depending on your resources, skill level and the size of the opposing force, fighting, though
valiant and honorable is probably a minimally survivable exercise. (there are many who will do fine, but many, many more who have neither the
resources, the will, nor the expertise to win a gunfight or melee)
'Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.'
—Matthew 26:52, King James Version
That leaves me with one of my favorite, and IMO, most surviable options.
Flight. I don't advocate taking off screaming and flailing your arms at the first sign of danger. I instead advocate a policy of extreme familiarity
with your surroundings, (no better place than home for this) situational awareness (use whatever you have access to to keep you informed about what is
going on around you...baby monitors, video cameras, windows, radio, tv, etc.,) Stealth (hiding) and as a last resort, rapid, planned, prepared
You know what is in your heart. Some people would rather die than kill. I admire that, but don't share the philosophy. I am a selfish person by
nature and will do what I can to prolong my life and the lives of those I love.
There will always be someone tougher than me. There will always be a group that outnumbers or out guns me. That leaves me the one option, try to
outsmart them. (I'm screwed!)
If you have faith in a God, maintain and exercise that faith. If you have a place to live, learn where to hide where you won't be detected by small
threats. Learn or create stealthy escape routes to bug out when that feeling in your gut tells you that it's time to run.
Sorry to ramble, but this is a pretty deep subject. Thank you again for a thought-provoking thread.
[edit on 9-7-2009 by KSPigpen]