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Old 09-24-2013, 05:09 AM   #1
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First off let me start off by saying i pray to god i never have to use my firearm to defend myself or a loved one. That said the question i have is Has anybody on the forum ever had to draw their gun and shoot to kill somebody? If so what was the aftermath physically and psychologically? How did you deal with the leos that arrived on scene? What was your first reaction after the shooting? Im not asking for what ifs here im asking for real expierance in the situation that i pray i never have to go through. I have talked with soldiers who have returned from war about the pshyc issues associated with war and conflict most of them due to their training have little problems some others are in therapy for PTSD. Im just wondering from the perspective of the average citizen what happens after wards?

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Thank God I've never had to use a gun in defense.

However, I will say, more than likely the people who HAVE had to here on the forums, won't want to talk about it.

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Thank God I've never had to use a gun in defense.

However, I will say, more than likely the people who HAVE had to here on the forums, won't want to talk about it.
I expect that as well but if anybody is willing to discuss it i would appreciate the insight to the situation.
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Thank God I've never had to use a gun in defense.

However, I will say, more than likely the people who HAVE had to here on the forums, won't want to talk about it.
I think that is true.
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Everybody has their own reactions.

When there is an accident on the highway, there are gawkers, there are people who slowed down just because the police were there, and there are people who shake their heads for someone being stupid to allow an accident to happen.

How an individual handles a shooting cannot be fore-told.

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Personally, Ive never had to kill anyone, thats a good thing! I think its a great question Jeff but the same way the Republicrats parse Gun Violence as a different animal than other "regular violence", Self defense with a firearm is a very small part of the SD community. Preparing your body to respond to any threat is certainly a benefit but nothing will compare to the reality of doing so with a baseball bat, your knee or a shotgun. Your mind cannot truly imagine or prepare for what it has never experienced. PTSD is just our soul trying to deal with something very bad that it is generally uncommon in our fellow citizens daily life, it not limited to Service Members although war zones create the greatest numbers of sufferers.

Pray we never have to respond but prepare your mind and body for the possibility that you may have to. If it happens to you, get help; if it happens too someone you know, try to help.

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This came up before. The general answer was... no one who has been involved in such a situation cares to discuss it in an open forum.

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Jeff, if you haven't already, I highly recommend you read the sticky from Canebrake "Read this before you decide to carry" :
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f17/read-before-you-decide-carry-67036/
I found his statements to be thoughtful, informative and very reflective of how every person who decides to carry a firearm should act and re-act to certain situations involving the possible use of force, deadly or otherwise.

As for myself... I have never had to draw or fire on a threat yet... and pray I never have to.

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I have talked with soldiers who have returned from war about the pshyc issues associated with war and conflict most of them due to their training have little problems some others are in therapy for PTSD. Im just wondering from the perspective of the average citizen what happens after wards?
No offense Jeff, but are you a veteran who deployed? If not, it would behoove you to be wary of the buttons you might push with those suffering from PTSD.
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This came up before. The general answer was... no one who has been involved in such a situation cares to discuss it in an open forum.
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No offense Jeff, but are you a veteran who deployed? If not, it would behoove you to be wary of the buttons you might push with those suffering from PTSD.
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