Originally posted by DoYouEvenLift
Originally posted by openyourmind1262
reply to post by DoYouEvenLift
What I want be is an un-armed willing victim. And son, I don't miss. I have used the gun to defend my life. I will again if and when the need arises.
If you can't defend yourself against a gun with a gun, might as well be a sheep.
How about this guy, OP?
What is your take on the people that firmly believe that they are invincible with their guns?
At what point to we begin to see where these stereotypes come from?
It is my belief, that the stereotypes come from a few idiots with guns that make the news. It seems, as of late, that the ONLY gun owners that ever
make the news, are idiots as well! This very acute cross section, is the basis, for the assumption. Is it fair? No. But, it is what it is. Many of
those who believe a certain way about guns and gun owners, most likely have never known personally, or owned or fired one. And with the constant
negativity about them that they are constantly subjected to, they most likely never will.
This obvious tactic and borderline propaganda, is what many gun owners get ruffled up about. So, while they spend an unnecessary amount of time
defending this right, that is designed to defend the rest of their rights, (as well as the rest of the populaces') they tend to get a tad bit
calloused and obtuse.
With regard to the perceived invincibility, I believe that may be a bit of a stretch. But, in our defense, look at it this way...
Most thugs, punks and criminals, consider the mere possession of a firearm to be enough leverage, to facilitate their crimes. I mean, the Media has
already created such a terrifying stigma, around anything g.u.n., that the majority of the public cowers away, at the very sight of one. This
perceived advantage in the criminal mind, coupled with their rash and brazen looks and demands, relieves the average bad guy, from having to use their
wits or skill, when commiting an offense.
Whereas, most typical gun owners who legally carry a firearm, do so out of the potential need to use it. And in this respect, the very ideals that
bring one to plan to this level, also encourages us to go the extra mile when learning how to use and operate one, to the limits of it's (and our)
For instance, when I got my new Blackhawk CQB SERPA holster, for my Glock 32, I spent literally hours, practicing my draw, before I even started
carrying it. I also practice target shooting. I practice moving while shooting, simulating a potential need to obtain cover. I practice off hand, as
well as reloading a magazine and rechambering a dud, with only one hand. I try to conceive every possible scenario that I might encounter, all the
while, praying that I never have to utilize any of it.
There exists a very real physical limitation known as "condition black". This can occur when the body receives some sort of major trauma. The body
begins to shut down certain functions and fine motor skills. Your heart rate sky-rockets and your mind limits it's own ability to harm itself. It
forces you to choose between fighting with everything that you have, or running away with every ounce of your strength.
It is impossible to simulate this in training, but the experts have learned how to get you pretty close. And, training under these conditions will
pretty much prepare you for as much as is humanly possible, to be ready for.
I could go on and on, and while this may reflect an extreme side to the whole debate, it does give one food for thought, when trying to understand how
a man can feel, "invincible", when discussing a potential confrontation with a hooligan or gang-banger...And, like an advanced student of the martial
arts, the possession of this level of training and knowledge, only reinforces those ideals, and enhances the embodiment of our culture, as well as
promoting a mutual respect among our fellow men.
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