Having spent three years living in Baltimore, in the Butchers Hill/PAtterson Park area, I am familiar with violent crime. I have been mugged twice. The fist time, I gave the guys my wallet,and that was that. The second time, I was accosted by a drunk with a baseball bat. Again, I got away mostly unscathed. In neither incident would I have felt justified taking someone's life. I felt bad about the damage I inflicted on the chap with the baseball bat and his equally drunken friends.
In the entire time I lived there I never felt the need for a firearm. As I mentioned earlier, a skilled assailant can kill you with a knife or similar object in the time it takes one to access a pistol. In addition, a pistol is of little use against a smack on the noggin from behind. A better tool is a sense of awareness and a concerted effort to stay out of bad areas.
Such situations must be handled individually, as u judge them at the time,
but u shud not lose sight of the fact that some victims have had to
fight for their lives, n criminals don' t always make an appointment.
U say: "a skilled assailant can kill you with a knife or similar object
in the time it takes one to access a pistol. " That sounds more like a
deliberate murder than a robbery. Logically, the arguments that u
set forth above don't prove that u shud not be as prepared as possible.
U say: "In the entire time I lived there I never felt the need for a firearm."
There was a lady in Florida, Susan Gonzales, who feared n detested guns.
She requested her husband not to have any guns in their house, especially with their children there.
One night, 2 criminals broke down their front door.
They entered her home, shot Mrs. Gonzales twice, and shot her husband as he lay in his bed.
Franticly, she scrambled to get the OBJECT OF ABHORENCE:
her husband's 9 shot .22 caliber revolver.
She grabbed it up and killed one of the criminals. The other fled, after she shot him too.
Altho it cud be POSSIBLE that the criminals might have allowed Mrs. Gonzales' children to LIVE
(if they did not care that the children'd complain to the police and testify against them in court)
Mrs. G was not willing to confide the lives of her children to the discretion of the men who shot both of their parents.
We need to understand that this attack was STOPPED by the presence of an UNLOCKED gun in the home.
Without it, the murders of the parents and children probably would have contined until all the children were dead.
That gun was the INSTRUMENT OF LIFE for the Gonzales family.
After hospitalization, the Gonzales recovered from their wounds.
She became a public speaker in support of the right to keep and bear arms,
and takes her .38 Taurus revolver everywhere with her.
Wise is he who learns from his mistakes, but wiser is he who learns from the mistakes of others.