Re: Big win for the second amendment
posted at 12/13/2012 3:32 PM EST
In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
In response to Hingmarsh's comment:
Just curious, at what distance was that shooting?
Pretty close. I think around 10-15 feet.
I think that's relevant, though, because that's the sort of distance we're often talking about when we think of "self-defense".
A burglar in an average sized home....
A guy several teller lanes down that starts waving a gun around....
Etc. To me, you've done enough for "self-defense" when you've stopped the threat and incapacitated the person to the extent that they aren't going to hurt anyone. An AR-15 at the typical "self-defense" range seems to me to do a hell of a lot more damage than necessary.
I'm sure they do less damage at 1000 ft to a deer, but that's not self-defense, that's hunting. And my view is that if the core of the right to own is self-defense, guns that go well beyond the necessary on that front shouldn't be sold, even if they're more handy at dropping deer from long distances.
Yeah 10-15 feet would be pretty devastating. However, I think at that distance, so would my .45. Slower round but much larger. Add hollow point to that equation and it would be nasty. Then again, if some (insert label here) was coming after me or a member of my family with homicidal or otherwise vicious intent, I'm not sure I'd worry about how badly I killed him. I hope to God I never have to face that situation.