A different mindset in regards to a pedestrian that had an altercation with a car and then was nearly beaten to death by the car passengers:
Lesson: Watch out for cars. Keep your mouth shut and keep walking.
Isn’t it great that Washington is a shall-issue state where any law abiding citizen can, in 30 days, get a permit to carry a concealed firearm?
And we have places to practice close by- Wade’s in Bellevue, Champion Arms in Tukwila- where you can rent guns to figure out what handgun is right for you.
It is your responsibility to protect yourself- the police are always a few minutes away, while the bad guys are right here, right now.
If you are outnumbered, or your attacker is stronger than you, a handgun is the only reasonable choice for self defense.
What if the man who was attacked had a woman with him? Would he try to hold off the 4 attackers while she ran away?
The cost of training and carrying a handgun is small compared to falling prey, or letting your friends and family fall prey, to the predators that roam our city.
Which mindset serves as a deterrent to thugs and which encourages them?
But watch out. If you were carrying and you antagonized the people in the car, encouraged them to fight you, then pulled the gun when they took up your offer you could likely (and rightly so) be charged with a crime. If you are involved in a shooting make sure you are the innocent victim.
Via a direct email from masa who also said:
Perhaps you could encourage your readers to leave comments more often, even on places like the Seattle Times that we may not normally read.