A comment left regarding my recent post on Building a Survival Battery really got to me.
Here is what Lynn wrote:
“While I appreciate this knowledge, it makes me cringe. I get that in a life or death situation, you need to be prepared. I know that if someone was going to overtake my home and/or cause harm to us, I would shoot to mean it- no second guessing. BUT, I can say that now, not in that situation. What my fear is, that I may hesitate that split second to let my brain tell me that they don’t just want something to eat or some material thing- they mean harm at no cost. It isn’t war here in this country. See? When Katrina hit, it was a tragedy, no doubt, but as bad as it got, I don’t remember hearing one person shot another over food or looting. In this country, while I absolutely believe we need to be prepared, our tragedies, in this current time have been for a finite period of time- even if we lived in horrible conditions for a year or more, would I be ready to kill? When all is said and done, will my children be orphans because their mother shot someone? Thoughts?”
Lynn brings up an excellent point and I appreciate her honesty. Luckily, I have never had to use deadly force to defend myself or my family. Unless someone has been in that situation there is no 100% way to know exactly how you would react. Never serving in the military I do not have the training that would have benefited me for that situation. Additionally – I have never served in law enforcement either.
I guess I am getting at the fact that I am likely NOT qualified to truly comment and answer Lynn’s question. I can ponder. I can guess. I can also hypothesize. I can tell Lynn that I have thought about these types of things many, many times. I have run scenarios through my head and used mental visualization to “see” these situations and how I would react. I have seeked out training on tactical weapons use and seeked out knowledge to know justifiable shooting laws in a normal, everyday life when laws mean something. I can tell Lynn that I love my wife and my children and if anyone tried to hurt them I feel deep, deep down within my soul that I would do everything in my power to stop it.
Regarding Katrina it is difficult to tell what is real and what is rumor as to what happened after the storm hit. I have heard of murders, lootings, rapes, and general violence by thugs against the innocent.
So Lynn – this may not be the answer you were looking for but it is what I have to offer right now.
Would love to hear from readers on this one.
Take care and thanks Lynn.