Originally Posted by Daddymow
Axel, just get a can of NATO green paint, some brushes and let the neighborhood kids go at it.
Mindset = Predators love easy prey. I am not easy prey. Situational awareness = you gotta know your surroundings. Trainning = the first incident I was gill flapping (and I'm a Marine!) I got lucky despite making mistakes. By the third one my heart rate didnt rise - I had been practicing.
But that's just me.
Roger that. Semper fi.
I agree with your decision for meeting violence with violence at your door. Defending yourself is a good decision when you have no ability to avoid a conflict and I would do the same... however I have worked all over LA as a firefighter-paramedic and have cleaned up a lot of messes that should have never been. I can't begin to count the number of gsws of both children and adults that I've had to treat (self inflicted, accidental, intentional). I have had both gang bangers and nice normal people beg to not let them die while bleeding all over my rescue. I live in this city and these are the people I see on an every day basis. These aren't professionals, these are civilians at home when a bullet comes into their life... sometimes I can help them... sometimes I can't.
I understand that much of this is a matter of how you decide to live your life ... maybe getting shot and bleeding out at the age of 16 defending your turf is worth it... maybe getting shot stopping a tagger from spraying a wall is worth it... maybe getting hit by a car thief and spending your life in a chair is worth it... but I don't think so. I've noticed how bad ass everybody is until they are broken and bleeding on my gurney. I can take it when it is a cop doing a job but it's another when it's the young mother down the street getting hit with a stray round.
I understand sacrifice and I would lay down my life up for someting irreplacable (a life). All I'm saying is that a truck is a truck and can be replaced.
Defending yourself or loved ones is one thing, confrontation over an object is another. Just remember: no matter how good you are there is always someone faster or better... or just luckier.