OSD, the problem with the arguements made by so many of the Charles Bornson Wannabes like you (aside for the obvious lack of regard for human life) is that a half skilled street criminal is likely to kill you six ways to sunday in the time it would take you to get your gun out. You only option then, becomes shooting at the first inkling of danger, which would likely lead to killing an innocent person. This is the arguement my police friends expross most frequently when they decry the availability of carry permits in Colorado. I tend to agree with them. The other frequent occurrance when folks get cary eprmits is they decide they are invincible and try to "hunt" for trouble. Again, not a good idea. Your cellmates will not be swayed by the arguement that you thought you were shooting a bad guy, and the afterlife probably won't care that you were reaching for your gun when your throat was cut.
Doctor, this is false on its face; an untenable argument.
Firstly, I am not a "Charles Bornson Wannabe"
any more than a man with a jack n a spare tire in his trunk wants to get a flat.
2ndly, it wud be a terrible error, deplorable judgment,
to have "...regard for human life" of a criminal who is attacking u.
Sound reasoning requires u to address the emergency
as soon as his attack presents itself, on pain of death (meaning YOURS).
3rdly, I am sure that those police officers will henceforth
go about their business unarmed, upon the basis of their analysis
as set forth above.
4thly, we need not speculate qua whether u r correct as to what
"is likely" because we can look to history and know that your fears
have not been justified by your fellow citizens' experience.
U say that: "You only option then, becomes shooting at the first inkling of danger,..."
simply not true. U r just not thinking; u r emoting.
Your notion that "they are invincible and try to "hunt" for trouble" is a
product of your semi-hysterical pro-helplessness fantasys.
That's the job of the police.
I have NEVER heard of ANY civilian doing that.
I am aware of NO PRECEDENT for that in human history
(except the vigilantes who went out to string up criminals in the 18OOs).
The time to engage, is when one is actively attacked.
5thly, in the afterlife, I'd be MUCH happier knowing that I
did the best I cud to kill the predator, rather than passively
allow HIM discretion qua whether I will live or die, or be defiled by him.
If my defense is successful, I'll still be in the BEFORELIFE,
with my property n a big smile ( but still, not a "Charles Bornson Wannabe" )