Self protection and gun ownership

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    I'll say straight up that I support the right to own a firearm. I believe that that police are not there to protect you, they are there to clean up the blood and find out who did it once a crime has been comitted. Ultimately, each person is responsible for his own self protection. This is achieved three ways:

    1. Avoidance- This is how most people protect themselves. They live in safe communities, establish relationships with stable people, avoid travelling to unsafe areas. The majority of shootings occur late night, in drug areas, are gang related, related to cheating on a spouse or being involved in some criminal activity. This is why most Americans live their lives never having a need to protect themselves with a firearm

    2. Flight- Basically, run away. Back away in a conflict. If someone with a gun wants your wallet or car....give it to him.

    3. Fight- Be armed and know how to protect yourself. When faced with a threat, fight back

    Most gun owners are responsible. They are trained in how to handle their weapons and when to use them. The problem with some views of self protection is that once they have Number 3, they think that Number 1 and 2 no longer apply to them. A person with a gun assumes a "I aint gunna take no shit" posture and refuses to back down in a conflict. This is where many unnecessary shootings occur.
     
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    I give em three seconds to run like hell
     
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    Some would disagree that they are unnecessary.
     
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    By unnecesary, I mean the unwillingness to back down in a confrontation.
    The times someone insults your girlfriend or the times someone berates your driving skills when you have been in a minor accident.

    To some people, having a gun means you can't back down in a confrontation. Sometimes in life, descretion is the better part of valor
     
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    Of course you have stats to back that up....because honestly, I've heard of very few "unnecessary" shootings when it comes to armed people protecting themselves.
     
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    Of course he does not, it is just a "gut" feeling. Feeling being the operative word. Something liberals need to learn do not make facts.
     
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    Most gun owners are responsible. In fact, the majority of gun owners never need to use their guns in self defense. The problem is that when you have a gun, you are unwilling to back down once confronted.
    You are in a bar and someone asks you to step outside. Someone is involved in a minor car accident and challenges you. There are times when you are better off backing away than escallating a situation.
     
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    Your first two sentences are mutually exclusive to the rest of your post.

    THATS what people are trying to point out to you.
     
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    Provide some actual facts to back up your claim.
     
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    You all get what the OP is saying.

    Why be an ass about it?
     

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