Friday, August 9, 2019

Murphy's Law is one reason not to give up any weapon or capacity.

Response to question asked on Quora.

David A. Cook
David A. Cook, Ph.D Humanities & Philosophy, The University of Texas at Arlington (2003)
Murphy’s Law is the reason to have the best weapon possible and have as much ammo at hand that is reasonably possible at any given moment. Murphy’s Law is pervasive all around us in every moment of every day. Driving in traffic. Sitting (eating, sleeping) in one’s home. Walking on the sidewalk. Shopping in a Wal-mart. Eating at a restaurant. Anything that will go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible time. The best answers on this topic of guns and ammo include a response to Murphy’s Law. But Murphy’s Law applies to every part of life , even to that which is totally unknowable simply because the possibilities are too many and too unpredictable. Prepare as best as one can but always assume that one will begin any given moment of defense (combat) from an inferior position and learn to adapt accordingly out of situations of surprise, inconvenience, or injury. This is true whether one has to defend their life or the life of a loved one with a gun, a knife, a baseball bat, a can of potato soup, or a ball point pen. I will not accept being a victim. I will not be surprised by the fact of the surprise that the car crashes, the house burns down, or the dam breaks. It is our imperfection that teaches us that we ought to be best prepared (as we can) at the worst possible moment. Fantasies of invulnerability is a recipe for disaster just when we ought to be planning how to prevent (limit to the best we can) disasters from happening. This the reason we cannot be simply satisfied with the idealism that when confronted by a criminal we can take care of the problem like we are all Marshall Dillon, Rambo, or James Bond. Preparing for the worse lessens the likelihood the worse will happen. There are no guarantees.
A selection of links relevant to the topic
Apr 30, 2018, 08:00am
That Time The CDC Asked About Defensive Gun Uses
Paul Hsieh
Why The El Paso Mass Shooting Shouldn't Surprise You
When has an "assault rifle" been used in self-defense, rebuttal to Bob Costas
Civilian shoots, kills gunman at Tumwater Walmart
Fremont Home Invasion Caught On Camera - (Five suspects entered a Fremont home to rob it)
Motorist kills man beating wounded cop
Man saves officer’s life, guns down attacker
Woman on 911 Call Shoots Intruder
Actual 911 call of home invasion shows why everyone must be prepared to defend themselves.
Police say store clerk shoots and kills man trying to rob business
Attempted home invasion ends with 3 dead
14-year-old says he killed intruder to protect grandma
Mom fires assault rifle to protect family during home invasion
11-Year-Old Boy Shoots Intruder | NBC News
Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun
DEBUNKED: Top 5 AR-15 Lies! | Louder With Crowder
Arlington Police Praise Good Samaritan Shooter
Good Samaritan kills man who wounded trooper in struggle
Common arguments for gun control, shot down
Switzerland: So Many Guns, No Mass Shootings | The Daily Show
Switzerland’s Responsible Gun Nuts Pt. 2 | The Daily Show

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