Originally Posted by Rick1967
Concealed carry is a huge responsibility. If you are not prepared to use it, you should not carry it. Defense of innocent people is a very important part of concealed carry. I do not carry a gun to be a big shot or a tough guy. I carry a gun to defend myself, my loved ones and anyone else that is an innocent victim.
I hope I never have to shoot anyone. But I would have a much worse time living with the fact that I ran away and could have saved lives, even at the cost of my own. I did not join the Army simply for a paycheck.
Originally Posted by manta
I think most people hope in a situation where they could help they would, no one would want to stand by and watch people being killed and not help if possible. But that would be their choice, comments like they shouldn't be carrying if they don't do something is not helpful.
Rick is exactly correct in what he said. if a person isn't prepared to use a deadly force if they carry a gun, they should not be carrying in the first place. the first innocent life they are protecting is themselves.
there are too many variables that can change the dynamics of the situation.
is the permit holder alone or does he have family or friends with him when something goes down?
are there multiple attackers and or just one and how are they armed? how is the permit holder armed? what are the shooting skills of the permit holder like?
what environment? is it enclosed or open areas? is there cover to use to shoot from if one decides to engage the attacker? has the attacker or attackers taken hostages?
is the attacker just randomly shooting? is he shooting from concealment? is the attacker protected by body armor? what distances are the attackers adn do you have a clear shot?
how many injured are there? how many dead? how many people are in the area of the attack? are they adults or children?
now start moving or changing these variables around and how we react or respond may change. as i said, there is no one answer that covers everything here. it's just not possible.
carrying a firearm and using it may be a right, but it's also a responsiblity that burdens those who do carry and take that seriously. you are also responsible for every round you fire. what if a person decides to engage the shooter and misses, but hits an innocent person? that would be a huge burden to have to carry around for the rest of your life.