A lot is being said about the man in Arlington, TX that inserted himself into a situation and died as a result.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: make choices that maximize your enjoyment of beer & TV.
Or put it even simpler: is it worth dying for?
I can totally understand the man’s feeling, the pull to want to intervene and help. We often lament about how good people stand idly by and don’t step in to help. The whole
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” thing. But we must look deeper than a quotation, and we must consider: is it not evil that this man has now left behind a wife and children? Did this man’s choice actually allow evil to triumph? Would it not also be a good thing for a good man to continue to be a good husband, a good father, a good business owner, a good citizen of his community?
If you are going to carry a gun, you also carry a great responsibility.
You must look beyond the hard physical skills of marksmanship, and look towards the deeper issues of mindset and mentality. You must understand the legal factors. You must understand the deeper philosophical requirements. You must know what you can and will do, and what you will not do. Your line must be clear, it must be articulable to yourself, your family, the police, the judge and jury, to God, to whomever. It may come off as hard, cold, callous, and you may have to find your balance, you may have to come to terms with such dichotomy. Regardless, you must do it. You must know before you must act upon it.
Else, you get what you have here.