Originally Posted by Yakinsmaaker;152872I'm also a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do, so I'll respond to physical violence with self defense. Lethal action would only be an option if it was clear that my oponent had the intention to kill, and the ability. For example, if he (or she) pulled out a knife, bat, etc. and tried to hurt me or my family. Even then, if we pulled a gun in that situation, if at all possible I'd try to avoid using it, then I'd shoot a warning shot, then a non lethal shot, and only kill if absolutely necessary.[/color
[color=navy]As for the grave error of thinking I am the only one with a gun: that's not right either. I learned a long time ago to try to defuse situations because you DON'T know what sort of crazy you are dealing with. A gun is only an option when it becomes absolutely clear that it's truly a life or death situation.
In the end, the lesson the kids learned I think was the best one: you don't have to let someone bully you into submission, but you don't have to respond with violence either. BUT...it's good to be ready to defend oneself if the unexpected occurs.
I hate to bring this back on topic, but I've learned a lot from this story. Yakinsmaaker, it sounds like you responded appropriately. You acted as if you didn't have a gun, despite having having one loaded (I'm assuming) and easily accessible. I'm a bit undecided on the net good of toting guns around, especially after witnessing some of the blind reactionary eye-for-an-eye aggression spouted off by certain Buzzards, but I have absolutely no problem with someone responsibly
carrying. Most reasonable folks responding here on the buzz (i.e. those not resorting to cheap generalizing and name calling) would probably not have a problem with you or your wife if they were to meet you. Alright, enough said.