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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 11:48 PM
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65. Shooting another person is a life changing experience ...
and one I hope I never have to live through.

I personally want a damn good reason before I would use lethal force. I would use it without hesitation if I felt my life or heath or the life or health of someone I loved was in serious danger. If someone was just stealing my property I would attempt nonlethal force or simply call the police. Now if they had entered my home while I was present, I would view them as a serious threat and would seriously consider lethal force rather than leave my family helpless. Much would depend on the situation and how they reacted when I confronted them.

It's a well known fact that many police officers who have legitimately shot or killed criminals in self defense have suffered psychological trauma. A civilian also often faces significant legal problems and lawsuits if there is any question about whether or not the use of a firearm was justified.
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