One for AD

Yesterday’s post on stopping power reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend who was thinking about buying a firearm for home defense.  The conversation went something like this…

Me: “Well, for home defense, a shotgun makes a pretty good tool, especially if you take the time to practice with it.  It’s very effective at stopping the threat.”

Friend: “Don’t you mean ‘kill the badguy’?”

Me: “No, I’m not trying to kill him, only stop them.”

Friend: “What’s the difference?”

Me: “If someone is attacking me, I want them to stop their attack.  That’s the goal.  It’s just an unfortunate side effect of human body mechanics that putting bullets where they stop people produces the unwanted side effect of ‘death’.”

Friend: “Oh.”

Me: “Side effects suck.”

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  1. Side effects suck – the rule of unintended consequences that the Senate is about to impose on the rest of us resulting in “Embrace teh suck.”

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