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Spend much time reading conversations about guns on the Internet, and you’ll come across a list of rules for a gunfight.
This is often tongue-in-cheek, though there’s a large measure of good
advice contained therein. But we need to add a Rule Zero: If you know
in advance that a gunfight will occur, don’t attend.
Think about that for a minute. One of the extant rules is that the
sooner you finish a gunfight, the less shot you’ll get. Doesn’t that
suggest that if you don’t get involved in the first place, you have a
good chance of not getting shot at all? Now this is not to say that
we’re obliged to attempt to outrun a bullet. Stand Your Ground laws
address what happens when the gunfight comes to you. But the answer to
the question asked by gun control proponents is that private citizens
aren’t police. It’s not our job to go somewhere that crime is expected
to occur. We own and carry firearms to protect ourselves and our
families, not to act like some comic book character, seeking out trouble
in the dark corners of the big city.
Why weren’t we there? We weren’t there precisely because we aren’t
the people gun control advocates accuse us of being. We aren’t looking
for trouble. We aren’t spoiling for a fight. We’re just living our
lives and working to improve the odds if a fight is imposed on us.