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When you shoot in self defense, do you shoot to hinder the attacker, like a leg shot, or do you shoot to kill? 

I carry a 9mm Smith and Wesson Shield with me, everywhere I go. At night, it lays on my night stand and during the day I leave it accessible at all times. I never know if the need for me to use it will arise.

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I practice all the safety techniques that there are. For example, the moment I get into my car, I lock the doors before I even start the engine or buckle my seatbelt. I have seen news reports of men who wait for women to get into their car and then attack. Not only do I ensure I lock my doors, but I also make sure that I can quickly access my gun if I need to….every time. I refuse to be a victim.

However, even if you follow every precaution to protect yourself, there are still criminals out there who don’t follow the rules.

I love the fact that I, as an American, have the right to bear arms. I love going to the range for practice and I love the feel of a gun in my hand. Even if that being said, I hope I never have to use it in a real situation. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely WILL use my gun, but I hope I don’t have to.

Here’s why:

  1. I do not want to shoot and kill another human being…..although I will if it comes down to me and my family or them
  2. In today’s messed up society, if the criminal lives, they often sue the homeowner for shooting them.

That brings me back to the big question: In a moment of self defense, do you shoot to hinder or shoot to kill? A dead man cannot sue you, and in a true situation of self defense, you are in the right. However, that also means that you have taken someone’s life, regardless of whether or not they deserved it.

Which choice do you make?

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