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    gerrilea

    If my life was on the line I would error on the side of shooting whoever I was fearing.  Just like the lady did in Georgia when a man tried to get into her house to harm her and her daughter.  There is no doubt she will have some trauma to get over but being alive makes it worth it.  

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      Bisbonian, gerrilea, Ginny in CO

      And I blogged about this yesterday, but:

      I am someone who, at one point went through two seperate rehabs for a mugging where I was stabbed four times and suffered around sixty skull fractures.

      I've been mugged another time (just giving up a wallet).

      I recognize that everyone comes to things on their own.   In the case of the first instance, I would have never been in a position to fire a weapon, I was jumped from behind.   In the case of the second, even if I were carrying, the time it would have taken me to draw a weapon wouldn't have been fast enough and I would be dead or seriously injured.

      More importantly, though in the case of the first.. where it was a truly desperate and terrible event, I've seen two of the attackers reform their lives and try to become better people in the decades that have passed.   I think about this often when I consider what happens.  

      I recognize that others may come to other viewpoints, and that's fine.  But when I think about how they have reformed, their families, etc.  I'm reminded that there is always hope, even for people who do something terrible.

      I've been in situations where my life was on the line.   I didn't have the option.  I'm not sure if having the option would have saved my life or put me more at risk.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 04:14:58 PM PST

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