There's an interesting -- and civil on both sides, for a wonder -- debate going on between Kevin Baker and James Kelly (among others) in re guns and the risk/benefit ratio of various approaches to ownership thereof, with the United States and United Kingdom being compared.
It's brought me to realize that among the things I don't want to do, the next-to-the-last is to have to shoot someone. However, the thing I would least like to do is to be killed or injured, which trumps the whole not-wanting-to-shoot thing. And it underscores the importance of training; not just being able to shoot well but understanding when it becomes necessary to do so in self-defense.
6 months ago