I wanted these two links to exist in the same post.
The first link, an interesting look at the increasing use of the Punisher skull symbol from warfighters, as seen by the anti-war artist who created it:
The second link, another view on Kyle, the most likely reason this logo persists today in the deserts of the middle east; which is to say the ongoing and continuously exponential result of a one-man special operations psych war. (The tactic works, I make no argument about that.)
I'm not here to point out whether or not he would have been justified to shoot in this instance, but I am here to point out that if you don't have a gun physically on your person, and that you actually think you can get it in time to fend off criminal violent acts, well, you're as wrong as breast cancer.
You are wrong, and what's even worse then knowing you yourself are wrong about this? Is that you can be dead wrong about it, say, tomorrow.
If you can get in your car, you have already initiated escape. Any return to the scene of the instigation by criminal aggressors would yield you an aggravated assault charge, or murder. It's happened in Memphis before, it will happen again. Once it was over a parking space at a Panera Bread in Cordova. Two start yelling at each other, old guy gets in his car, returns with pistol, shoots young drunk dude, and old guy justifiably gets murder and decades in jail.
Don't do stupid things with stupid people at stupid times in stupid places. Carry your gun. If it's "in your car" it might as well be on mars when the dozen of attackers get you on the ground for the head-stomps. EDIT: for clarity, my "maybe not the best decisions" mentioning is of this good samaritan's words to this crowd of teenagers when he exited the store with the little old lady. Personally, I don't think initiating communicating with a crowd like this and asking to draw their attention is wise. That's all I'm saying about "stupid things in stupid places."
Luckily, the kids negotiating with this guy's life decided mercy this day.
Carry your gun. Don't depend on the mercy of evil people.
"If we hold ourselves to the Lowest Common Denominator Theory, where learning is structured around individuals who instructors perceive as incapable of being taught, then we remain COMMON and so does the student. The journey you are about to embark on will be absolutely, positively, inherently AND necessarily dangerous. "
"It is good that warriors such as we meet in the struggle of life... or death."
Hopefully forgetting to post my daily challenge sketches on here will not continue...but lets not hold out hope. Trust that, once again, I did post on facebook. :P My day 10 study is from a DeviantArt stock photo, and my day 11 study is from a frame of a ca...
- Not being a victim of violence by empowering people to defend themselves by the most technologically advanced means possible, and by
- Directly aiding those who have been the victims of violence by working as an emergency medical professional
So at its heart, if we are different in this way, I see our views on using force as the difference and I don't know if any discussions can happen by either of us forgoing this moral premise that perhaps only I bare.
<Obama> But let me be clear </Obama> , I don't mean this to say that you are explicitly ok with violence, far from it, but I do believe if you just considered the "reason or force" axiom, that everything above it from a moral construct just falls apart. You may even come to realize the violence you participate in every day.