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A Questionable Defensive Gun Use

Posted on the 09 August 2012 by Mikeb302000

Disdain for criminals with guns is such that we tend to be very lenient when judging the actions of a lawful gun owner who prevents an armed robbery.
For me, the first criterion has to be the determination of whether there is lethal threat. That's often a difficult call.  I don't subscribe to the overly simplistic view that all criminals with guns pose a lethal threat. But, even if you place the bar that low, once the armed criminals are fleeing, all gun play must cease. Once you've shot or shot at an armed robber and he's running away for his life, you cannot keep shooting.  You cannot pursue and continue shooting. That's criminal behavior.
In addition throughout the action, the defensive shooter must adhere strictly to the 4 Rules of Gun Safety.  You can't shoot at the bad guys in a crowded place while running and expect to comply with Rule Number 4, and that counts even if there is lethal threat.
What's your opinion?  Did the guy in the video seem like a safe and responsible gun owner?
What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

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