Originally posted by NavyDoc
Originally posted by truthseeker84
Well, I can at least understand where the OP was coming from.
There is, a significant portion of the gun owners in America, believes in shoot first and ask questions later.
I am pro-gun and anti-gun control. This is apparent through out many of my previous participation in gun control discussions. But from my older
postings, you can also discover that I had some what of an odd argument in one thread where an 80 year old man shot and killed 1 of 2 thieves robbing
From that thread alone, it is very apparent that many many many many many gun owners, specifically those who reside in the Southern states, would
prefer to shoot first then ask questions later.
In my personal opinion, firearms should only be used when you or your family members are in an immediate life threatening situation.
Let me repeat that.
Firearms should only be used, when the lives of you or your family members are under immediate threat.
However, a lot of gun owners don't feel this way. This is evident from many many home defense related threads on ATS.
I also believe that there is a difference in gun-ownership and operation laws varying between states, so you really have so many different mentalities
on this subject.
For instance, I was schooled on another thread, by some Southern state resident, I can't remember if it was Texas or whatnot. Basically, it is legal
and perfectly ok to shoot anyone, who trespasses their property.
Meaning, if some body starts walking on your lawn by mistake, you have every right to take your gun and shoot them dead.
I don't know if any gun owners who currently resides in the South can verify this for us but if this is even remotely true, then this is a real
I mean, if your motto is shoot first ask questions later, then I believe you shouldn't be allowed to own guns. Then again, that would mean we would
need to probably disarm the entire Southern states population...
The problem is, if you wake up in the middle of the night to find that people have broken into your home, you don't have the luxury of trying to
decide their intentions, RE your personal life and wellbeing.
Well, I disagree.
For me, if I am awoken in the middle of the night, groggy and don't know what the hell is happening, more reason for me to wake the # up real quick
and figure this thing out before I start unloading bullets.
Would you feel good if you take down a 13 year old boy who's looking for a quick buck? How would you feel when you watch him drown in his own blood?
Would you feel indifferent because he invaded your property first?
Hell, by all means, you have every right to scream on top of your lungs "I HAVE A GUN AND I'M NOT AFRAID TO USE IT!" Then, you can wait for a brief
second before you decide on what you should do.
If the thieves/robbers don't leave, shoot a warning shot to the floor or to the wall. If they still don't leave by then, put them down but try to
make sure that they are facing you and coming towards you. Don't ever shoot them in the back when they are not facing you or approaching you.
If the robbers tries to get out of your house, you let them. You are not Judge Dredd, you are not the Judge/Jury/Executioner. You don't get to shoot
people dead because you're afraid. You need to determine, to the point that is beyond any reasonable doubt, that this person who is invading your
property has the intent, the capability and also in process of attempting to kill you and/or your family members.
If the thieves, robbers tries to get out of your house and you chase them out and shoot them dead, then in my opinion you should go to jail for First
There should be no arguments with this, so I'm really perplexed as to why this is varying from State to State.
If the person committing the crime is fleeing, you know for a fact that they are no longer a threat to you, then you proceed to chase them down and
unload a couple of your .45 ACP hollow point or buck shots... well that's Premeditated Murder. Because you are fully aware of what your doing, you
planned for that to happen. The thief could have gotten away if you didn't chase them down and take their lives.
Just my own 2 cents worth..