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Sorry, but Corkery negotiates w/the cops for ten minutes, knowing he's in big, BIG trouble ... then walks out the front door with a gun in his hand and his hands at his sides? I don't think I fault them for this one. This certainly ain't no Creech shooting.
"I feel very strongly that women, not their insurance companies, not their boss, not the CEO of the company and certainly not their shareholders, should be deciding a woman's personal health care."
TRANSLATION: "I feel very strongly that politicians, not employers, should be deciding what health care benefits employers must offer their employees."
Incidentally, re. Ms. Dolezal's portrayal of Idaho has some racist hotbed where black people simply are not safe:
We lived in Phoenix AZ for over twenty years, including back in the heyday of the whole Hayden Lake/Aryan Nations thing. When we moved to Spokane in 2008, we stopped for lunch in one of the small mining towns east of CdA, and the first thing I saw when I walked into the fast-food joint was a young mixed-race couple eating their meal and holding hands.
That was one of MY first impressions of the "racist" Idaho panhandle, and it has stuck with me ever since.
Tim Hamm: "How does one defend oneself with a pistol without harming a human being?"
The reason for possessing a weapon for self-defense is to either STOP THE THREAT of criminal violence, or to STOP THE VIOLENCE once it has started. Defenders commonly accomplish the first by either telling or showing aggressors that they have a gun and are prepared to use it. This is often enough to STOP THE THREAT by persuading the aggressor to either flee or surrender.
But if circumstances are such that the attack has already started, the defender must then fire the gun in hopes of stopping the attack. This is best accomplished by hits to the attacker's vital organs or central nervous system, which is why defensive firearms trainers urge their students to aim for the attacker's center of mass (torso). Even still, bullets are not death rays -- they do not instantly cause death on contact.
But still, if the violent criminal DOES die, so what? His blood is on his own hands, not the defender's.
Tim Hamm: "When used correctly in the situation it is designed for, it ends a human life."
Incorrect. Although it CAN end a human life, it doesn't necessarily HAVE to. It is often up to the criminal whether or not he chooses to continue his illegitimate and unwise course of action. Commenter John Fadein addressed your misconception well: It is the ABILITY of people to use guns to resist deadly force with deadly force that makes them so effective for their intended purpose, which is DETERRENCE.
"Rachel Dolezal"? You wouldn't be the same "Rachel Dolezal" who, according to the Spokesman-Review ("Rights educator finds noose on porch of Spokane home," 9/24/09), keeps a Glock 9 mm and a .357 Magnum revolver to protect yourself following an encounter with skinheads, would you?
"Self defense for me, but not for thee," huh?
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