Originally Posted by Missouribound
I don't think there are any wrong replies here. Certainly I think that if you have the ability to stop the bad guy in his tracks you should take it. But can everyone who carrys or has a gun for home defense honestly say they can take a life? There clerk did an instant threat assesment and he didn't get killed and didn't kill anyone. Maybe he knew this guy, maybe the guy was shaking in his boots when he pulled the gun. Maybe we just don't know the answers. Did he have the right to shoot him.....ABSOLUTELY. Unless you are faced with the exact same situation you can only arm-chair quarterback this one. I got my CCW because I wanted to have the ability do legally defend myself with a gun, not because I wanted to kill bad guys. The clerk was lucky.....certainly the bad guy was lucky...this time. This is a learning experience for both of them. When the clerk took a deep breath, did he realize he could have been shot? Did the bad guy have the same realization? On that day, in that shop nobody got killed. When (and if) I am faced with a similar situation I can only pray that my actions are the correct ones for the scenario. But I will not take a chance with my life or that of my family. When it comes down to you or me....I want to be the one around to tell the story.
Well said. There's no definite right or wrong, I carry because I have the right to defend me and mine. Not so I can shoot bg's. What was it that spiders mans Uncle Ben said? "With great power comes great responsibility" cheesy but true.
Are the other guys wrong for saying he should have neutralize the threat immediately? No. I just think every situations different and sometimes its OK if nobody has to die. I'm no ****ing bleeding heart by a damn sight I just want gun carriers to use good judgement when/if they are forced to use their weapons, it reflects on other cwp holders.