My gun i.q. is very low. I have a limited experience with handguns , and a life time of shooting off a few rifles, mostly rimfire and air-guns. ,The what of what i'm getting at here is, I have no proper feild training. We all watch a lot of movies, and i often find my mind wondering / wandering to what i would do in the type of situation hollywood presents me with. beyond firearms, what do you do when ppl are attacking you ? my general philosophy goes sthg like this, there are 2 distinct modes. : • 1 : defense mode : If someone is attacking you, and you feel ready to shoot to defend your life, incapacitate them, and anyone else immediately threatening you with ballistics. • 2 : cause mode : You're fighting for the safety of your country or other people, kill indiscriminately, but be smart and don't look for trouble. I run across people with conflicting philosophies on shooting to kill, and I know it's easy to get lost in battle and turn the killswitch on to just rage, ,there are some systems of elevated, color-coded threat levels, and some other fun stuff, but none of them are very helpful morally to me. but what do you guys think about defending yourself with a loaded weapon ? I don't judgje ppl who feel threatened and plug someone a couple times, but i could personally never reconcile shooting someone in the head for a home invasion or assualt, that's a killing that would haunt me to my grave. I don't rationalize or moralize about people's deaths, ultimately, they are people just like me. If someone's out to kill me, tho, I'll mow 'em all down with impunity. there's a thin, almost invisible line. what do you guys think is normal, and what do you think is excessive ? thanks - H.T. .