Words to live by if you carry

Don't know who wrote this but thought it was worth sharing.

A combat instructor (who happened to be Buddhist and a Marine) once said to me: ?From now on, when dealing with (ed.) crazy / possibly violent people, you will lose every argument. You are always wrong. You are sorry for impinging on their day. You will apologize and apologize again. You will back the f*** down. You will put your tail between your legs. You will let them talk s*** about your ladyfriend. You will let them call your mother a bitch and a whore and your dad a bastard. You have no ego. ?

?You do all this because if you are the one to start a fight, by default that fight now has a gun in it, and if you start losing, you?re going to pull it and kill him. And even if you don?t go to jail because you could convince the jury that it was self-defense, you?re going to have to live with the fact that you could have saved someone?s life and yet you let your ego kill someone.?

?You are not the police, so don?t act like them. Though all of you [civilians] are better shots than the police, you do not have the training, the continuum of force policy, or a union plus free lawyers protecting you if you screw up.?

ed: He also said: ?but after backing down and trying to apologize, if at any time you then feel your life or that of a loved one is in danger, put three rounds into his [cardiothoracic] vault, call the police, give a statement, go home, and sleep like a baby. You did all you could for your attacker, and he was the one that made the final decision to kill himself.?
 

PCShogun

Member
Very good advice. If you cannot control yourself, you are a danger to yourself and others. Accepting the right to carry makes it even more necessary.
 

Scott J

New Member
I have given advice of a similar nature to anyone who has told me they even thought of carrying a gun over the years.
 

C_Carson

New Member
IF you start the fight, then I can agree with the advice. But I think it's even better advice not to let yourself get dragged into, start, or intervene in a situation like that to begin with, if you can help it.

Nerdwithguns said:
?You do all this because if you are the one to start a fight"
 

Dirk Pitt

New Member
C_Carson said:
IF you start the fight, then I can agree with the advice. But I think it's even better advice not to let yourself get dragged into, start, or intervene in a situation like that to begin with, if you can help it.

Nerdwithguns said:
?You do all this because if you are the one to start a fight"
I think that's the entire point of what he's saying. He's saying you do all that to avoid getting dragged into a fight, not that you start an altercation and than proceed to back down and play pacifist.
 
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