DC to residents: just say yes to crime
A DC Councilwoman holds a meeting to find out why it's so hard to register a gun, and DC's Deputy Mayor explains that it's better just to become a victim.
"“The problem is, if you are armed, it escalates the situation,” Mr. Quander told residents. “It is much better, in my opinion, to be scared, to be frightened, and even if you have to be, to be injured, but to walk away and survive. You’ll heal, and you can replace whatever was taken away.”
Rather poor timing, since yesterday DC's 911 caller system broke.
I certainly share her advice in the case of an unskilled person with a gun. If you take out a gun and you don't know how to use it, you are going to escalate the situation and bad things start happening.
However, for a skilled person, a gun is an excellent tool to use for protection against criminals.
I've been thinking about this because my wife and I have been discussing how she might use my firearms for self defense in the case of a home invasion. I told her that if she was willing to go to the gun range at least once a month, sure. Unfortunately, she wasn't willing to invest that type of time. She also wanted to just shoot the assailant in the leg. Both of these are excellent ways to get your gun taken from you and killed with it. I've told her to stick to the pepper spray that I got her. I don't want my wife pulling a gun on a bad guy if she doesn't have the skills and training to use it. I would much rather her hid and call the police with pepper spray as her defense of last resort.
Posted by: Scott Henson at March 5, 2012 12:38 AM
Personally - look at a Judge or the S&W - load it up with 410 shotgun shells and let her use that. Not as much practice needed. I think it would be better than pepper spray but I understand where you are coming from. Is she actually willing to shoot at someone?
Posted by: rich at March 5, 2012 10:12 AM
I question the level of Mr quander's intelligence if he made a remark like that and suspect he should not be in that position of responsibility but,of course, this is DC and what you have is what you get. Also...instead of pepper spray consider WASP spray...just as effective and you can reach out much farther..this can be researched on the internet.
Posted by: Ceefour at March 5, 2012 01:04 PM
May the eyes of the Deputy Mayor be opened by experience, Sir. By Experience!
Mr. Brownlow: The law assumes that your wife acts under your direction.
Mr. Bumble: If the law supposes that, then the law is a ass, a idiot! If that's the eye of the law, then the law is a bachelor. And the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience.
Posted by: kalashnikat at March 6, 2012 12:03 PM
That's terrible advice! Have you actually looked at the dispersion of a .410 at close range? Even with a handgun (i.e. short barrel) the dispersal isn't that great at typical inside-the-home distances; you still have to kinda aim.
And what kind of stopping power do you think that little shot cartridge is going to have? (Go look at Box'o'Truth if you have any doubts.) Ironically, the more dispersal you actually get, the worse the stopping power.
Please--the Judge with shotshells is adequate for defending against snakes, nothing more.
Posted by: Kirk Parker at March 7, 2012 10:17 PM