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A firearm question for you Lefties

#1 Jan 10 2013 at 9:44 PM Rating: Default
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I think you and I just see it differently, and will have to leave it at that. If I intimidate someone out of attacking me, that was an offensive move. The fact that they didn't attack me is because I "Attacked" them first, with my intimidating gun.

EDIT: Also, "Weapons" are not "Defensive". Their sole purpose is to "Attack". I see defense like a wall, armor, or a moat, or some other non damaging impediment that has no offensive power.


/shrug. And I think you're being a bit narrow in your interpretation. You're trying to classify things based on what they physically are, rather than how they may be used. Every offense can be used defensively, and every defense can be used offensively. A wall doesn't defend anything unless there are people manning it. They man it by "attacking" those who are trying to get through/over/under the wall. One can easily argue that a defensive position increases the number of opponents you can kill by a factor far greater than any "offensive weapon" will.

I guess it's really about what aspect of the issue you're trying to look at. I "defend" the wall by shooting arrows at the folks trying to attack it. So it's somewhat of a pointless distinction to make to arbitrarily decide that one thing is defensive and the other offensive. Sure, the wall itself only serves to defend those manning it, but that in turn gives them greater offensive advantage against those who are attacking them. All kinda depends on how you look at it.


But in the context of "defending your home/self against an intruder", an weapon like a gun is quite effective. I think that's more important than quibbling over the label we apply to the object itself.

Edited, Jan 10th 2013 7:45pm by gbaji
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