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  •  So does the NRA count these amongst its (9+ / 0-)

    stunning self-defense victories?  Maybe that would explain some of their crazy claims.

    "Bravehomeowner kills defenseless and helpless old man.  Score one for for the 2nd Amendment!"

    Sorry, that's crude of me, but that's how NRA and the RKBA crowd act :(.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 10:57:17 PM PST

    •  You can be sure that if asked on a survey (3+ / 0-)
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      this shooter would report that they perceived a crime in progress, and that they used their gun in self defense and that they had to shoot the aggressor in order to prevent the crime they perceived was imminent.

      All the best estimates of defensive gun use rely on exactly that level of data; self reports of perceived "crimes" in progress that were thwarted by the gun. The assumption/implication inherent in these self reports is that there was no other way to prevent "the crime" or "deter" a would be thief or predator.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 03:40:55 PM PST

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      •  I wonder how many of those go something like, (1+ / 0-)
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        "I saw a young brown/black/purple man walking down the sidewalk and I know that he was going to mug me because he looked like a mugger but he didn't because he saw my gun."

        "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

        by auron renouille on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 07:18:03 PM PST

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        •  Or... (0+ / 0-)

          I saw a car full of black/brown youths pull into my driveway...

          and I just knew they were going to break into my house, (even after they started backing out of my driveway, because in fact they were just a little lost and were using my driveway to turn around).

          "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

          by LilithGardener on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 03:07:20 PM PST

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