Problem 1: Survival
Problem 2: Criminal and civil liability.
Reasonable is what you know when you shoot.
Being alive is better than being dead. (Is it?)
If you’re being robbed, how do you give them your money without being in their space?
I wrote is it because I wondered if it is always better to be alive than dead. I don’t think so. “To live is Christ, to die is gain.”
But if there is a choice of me being alive and a bad guy who kills people dead or me dead and a bad guy lose to kill other people, I want the bad guy dead. That’s my answer to people who ask me how I could even consider taking a human life.
I’m not one of those “kill them all and let God sort them out” folks. I’m not going to shoot people randomly. But if some is coming at me or my family with the intent to kill, I’m going to do my best to stop them from doing that. I don’t think I have to kill them. But I do have to keep shooting till they stop coming at us.
I also know that people can live through lots of bullet wounds. FS told us about a jewelry store owner, I think it was, who’d been in multiple shoot outs and had five (?) bullets in him when he took out a shooter.
So if I get shot and my family or I are still in danger, I am going to keep shooting.
If my family is no longer in danger, I am going to stop shooting.