This is one of the most ridiculous arguments I have seen in the wake of a self defense shooting. The home invader or mugger runs into a victim that’s armed with a gun or even a (gasp!) “assault weapon” and ends up leaving the scene horizontally. Family member or other “loved one” of the criminal is trotted out to get all weepy and complain that the putative victim’s being armed made it “unfair.”
An example in a case a couple of years ago where an Oklahoma man used an AR15 to kill three home invaders. The invaders were teens: 16, 17, and 18 years old. Much was made of the invaders ages as though a 16 year old criminal can’t be a serious threat or that being 16 while breaking into someone’s house made his life more valuable than that of the homeowner’s son literally in his own home minding his own business. The grandfather of the 17 year old (who, he claims, was a “good boy” who “never got into trouble”–a poor Dindu Nuffin–yeah right) claimed that brass knuckles against and AR15 was unfair and disupted the resident’s fear for his life: after all three armed thugs breaking into your home armed with weapons like brass knuckles can’t possibly be a real threat, right?
Well, just as Kirk doesn’t believe in the no-win scenario I don’t believe in the fair-fight scenario. If I’m fighting at all it’s because I’m in fear of death or serious bodily injury. In that case, I have not just a right, but a duty to make the fight as unfair in my advantage as possible. I have a little girl waiting at home. She needs her father. She depends on her father for material support, for values education, for a multitude of things. Those things are not just a privilege but a duty. I would be remiss if I did not do everything in my power to come home safely so I can continue living up to that duty.
If that little girl means more to me than my life (she does) then she certainly means more to me than yours, not because I’m a “tough guy” but because I am not and have no interest in trying to prove how tough I am in some display of fisticuffs.
My one, my only goal is getting home safely to that little girl. “Fair” doesn’t enter into it. “Fair” means I’ve screwed up. I’m going to use any means at my disposal to ensure that I meet that goal of getting home safely to that little girl. If you don’t think it’s “fair” then that’s just too damn bad.
And if you don’t like that? You have a simple way of avoiding the issue: don’t start none; won’t be none.