Guns and Self-Defense, Part 2
Dave Killion — September 21, 2010
The last time I wrote on this subject, I had meant to make the point that people are allowed to use their firearms for self-defense. What I hadn’t really twigged to was that the intended victim hadn’t been using her own firearm. I woke up to that when I read this article. In this case, as in the last, it appears the target used the aggressor’s weapon against the aggressor himself.
If the bad guy had been successful, we would have heard a lot more about this case, but since this was apparently a matter of self-defense, there were no more articles about it. So ‘bad guy uses gun in bad way’ = lots of media, while ‘target uses gun in self-defense’ = not so much media. And if someone averts an attack simply by showing a firearm, it’s likely to go entirely unreported. It is no wonder so many Canadians have a distorted view about firearms.
So the point that I want to make is not just that the government will let you use your firearm for self-defense, but that the government will let you use ANY firearm for self-defense. Of course, you can’t prepare yourself in advance, and carry a handgun with you. No sir. You just have to wait until you are under attack and hope you can get hold of one.
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