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Have you ever pulled a gun on a person?

Asked by Captain_Fantasy (11431points) March 11th, 2010

If you have how did you feel during that tense moment?

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Vunessuh's avatar

But lucillelucillelucille has.
That woman has some storyz, I tell ya.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

No, the only time I held a gun, I freaked out and dropped it which was a bad idea because it was loaded and I was supposed to be capable of handling myself – this was my early intro into the Russian Mafia in Brooklyn at the tender age of about 13.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Way to get out of the mafia then.

DominicX's avatar

I’ve never even held a gun…

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Captain_Fantasy I got out when my brother died (not mafia related) and I was ‘off the hook’ and many of my other friends died (some mafia related) so the group just changed and had a lot of turn over…I still have ‘contacts’ but have never needed to call ‘em up

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

No, the only time I have held or fired a gun was at a shooting range. One of the many advantages of living in a culture with strict gun laws.

faye's avatar

Canada, no guns. Rifles are okay if registered- like a crook would register a gun. I’ve only seen handguns on tv or movies. Some people I’d like to pull a gun on just to see them wet themselves!

phoebusg's avatar

No, not that kind of a gun ;)

TexasDude's avatar

Absolutely not, and I only would do so under very particular circumstances.

Those being:

1. I have my concealed carry permit.
2. A loved one, (a) stranger(s), or myself were immediately threatened by an attacker.

davidbetterman's avatar

Yes. I felt in complete control.

chamelopotamus's avatar

I don’t want that kind of power in my hands for any reason, nothing good can come out of it

Pretty_Lilly's avatar

This is my Weapon,,This is my Gun…This is for fighting,,,This is for Fun !!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Held a real gun when I worked on a cop show, but didn’t aim or fire; the propmaster would have gotten fired and then killed me.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

I have never pulled a gun on anyone. I, like @Faye live in Canada.

We have a very different approach to firearms than do Americans.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I’ve fired a gun thousands of times, but always target shooting (and never a handgun, only a shotgun or rifle). I would never pull a gun on another person, except for in the most dire of self defense circumstances.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Permit me to take advantage of an opportunity to poll the Canadian perspective:

What do Canadians think is the reason gun crime is so bad in the states?
I’m interested in your opinion since our northern neighbors have their gun business completely under control with few exceptions.

holden's avatar

A 3-year-old girl accidentally shot herself today when her step-father left his .38 pistol on the table and forgot it. Link.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer but I thought it was relevant. I believe we need stricter gun control laws.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

That actually isn’t very relevant given the intended scope of the question but it is sad.

holden's avatar

@Captain_Fantasy I know, I’m sorry.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Not a big deal. Just talkin’

faye's avatar

@Captain_Fantasy For one thing we have no gun stores, I don’t think. You can buy a rifle at a sporting goods store and apparently there’s a good deal of paper work involved. When you are going hunting your gun must be unloaded in your vehicle.

Cruiser's avatar

I have been shot at twice mo fo’s and I wish I had my gun at those moments.

faye's avatar

@Cruiser why is someone shooting at you?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@faye Well, we have plenty of gun stores in the U.S., but as far as the amount of paperwork required to purchase a gun from a sporting goods store, and unloaded guns in vehicles: the same is true here. To buy a gun requires extensive paperwork, a background check, and at least a 3 day waiting period. And, it is illegal to have a gun (for any purpose) loaded in a vehicle.

Your_Majesty's avatar

A toy gun?,yes. Other than that?,never!. People in my country won’t be allowed to own a gun. It’s illegal.

Cruiser's avatar

@faye I never hung around to find out but both times I was in National Forests, one time hiking and the other off roading. I think it was squatters one time and hillbillies the other..

faye's avatar

Hillbillies made me chuckle! But I think it’s pretty bad in a National Forest. Guess they had no where else to be but wouldn’t they risk a lot by shooting at you? Sorry to be off topic @Captain_Fantasy.

davidbetterman's avatar

It is very easy to buy a gun here in the US without any paperwork, a background check, nor any waiting period. You can buy one right on the street if you know who has them.

It is only illegal to have the loaded weapon if you are caught by the police with it.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@davidbetterman It’s illegal regardless of whether or not someone is caught. They only face the consequences if they are caught.

Bronny's avatar

i pulled my bb gun out of my glove box and threatened a man at a gas station with it. he was behaving in a way I felt disrespectful. I had just bought it so the feeling was immense, a rush of power, like I had suddenly turned the tables on all the creeps that try to pick up on women at the gym, yell out their car windows, and doubletake at u when they are obviously with their wives. I was like “what now f*cker?” and it felt great.
Later that night I realized how illegal that was and that as much as I love guns, if you can’t respect them and be responsible with the power that comes with the hobby, you probably should just stay away. even if it’s just an old walmart $16 bb gun.
I will say that shooting is addictive, and not to be taken lightly. I behaved childishly that day.

Jude's avatar

Never pulled a gun on anyone (fired one, though, at a shooting range), but, there’s someone in this thread that I’d love to take the banhammmer to.

majorrich's avatar

When I was in the service, I did return fire on several occasions. I don’t know if that counts in the context of this question. In those cases I admit all I felt was abject terror.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Absolutely counts. Thank you for your input.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

Yes. I have a concealed carry permit and always have a small 380 semi-automatic on my person. I also have a couple hammer-hatchets which don’t make as much noise but are only available when I am in my house or car.

faye's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish How do you have that permit? Are you with the police?

misterx's avatar

It’s a very intense feeling, one in which is really hard to describe. I’ve done it a few times in the performance of my job. At the time of the action there is only one thing going through my head… I’M GOING HOME TONIGHT… which leads to one action do exactly what I say or you die. After the fact looking back on it after the moment is over and the adreniline starts to go down there is a flood of emotion and a holy s**** moment. I’ve done everything from laugh to bury my face in my hands and just shutter over how close me/someone else was to dying…Fractions of an inch for trigger pull is all that stands between life and death…. Like I said it’s hard to explain…

ucme's avatar

When I was a kid a toy gun yeah.I felt like Clint Eastwood.“In all this excitement I can’t remember if you had 2 pieces of chocolate or only 1.Give me the fucking chocolate punk” Happy days.

JeffVader's avatar

Not a gun…. they’re tricky to come by in England, not impossible, but tricky. I have threatened someone with a meat cleaver. At the time it seemed the thing to do & made me feel like a big man. In retrospect I’m not proud about it but it was necessary.

partyparty's avatar

We are not allowed to even carry a gun here in the UK, so I am pleased to say I have never pulled a gun, nor been in a position where someone else has pulled a gun on me. They are s-c-a-r-y things!!

thriftymaid's avatar

No; I’ve never touched a gun.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@faye: In many areas all law abiding citizens can apply for such permits (but you might have to jump some hoops). If you live in an area where your rights are restricted then keep calling your elected representative. Tell them you are a single-issue voter and you don’t want your second amendment rights diminished.

Dalesr4eva's avatar

Nope, I have never even touched one.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

No and I hope I never have to. I enjoy target practice and look to my pistol as an extreme scenario defense such as home invasion or public attack where I felt my life or that of a companion was in danger.

Silhouette's avatar

No, I have a gun but we were taught never pull your gun unless you’re going to use it. So far, I’ve followed the rules.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@Silhouette: That is the dumbest rule I ever heard. If the person you are pulling the gun on stops do you 100% have to shoot them now that you drew the gun?

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish It’s not a literal rule saying you must shoot if you pull your gun out. That’s ridiculous. It’s a way of teaching gun safety and restraint, and to exercise extreme caution with regards to pulling out your gun. Guns are extremely dangerous, and having the mindset of “I won’t pull my gun out unless I intend to use it” will likely result in someone not pulling their gun out, that’s all. You’re reading too much into it.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities: “I won’t pull my gun out unless I intend to use it” is DANGEROUS. It creates two states only.

State A: I am definitely going to kill someone, I need my gun out.
State B: I am not going to kill someone, I don’t need my gun out.

Things can happen very quickly. If I hear a noise downstairs at night I am not going to go downstairs, greet the robber, make sure I actually have to shoot him, then go back upstairs and get the gun. I am going to come downstairs with it out and he can either freeze or not. (actually a robber in my house I might shoot either way, but you get the idea)

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish Again, it is not a literal rule or mindset, as you have interpreted it in the above scenario. It’s merely a precautionary way of thinking about the extreme severity of pulling a gun on someone.

With regard to the above scenario: there is a difference in bringing a gun with you downstairs if you were to hear a robber, and actually bringing it up to your shoulder and taking aim. If it were me, I would bring the gun with me if I heard the noise, but would exercise caution, and only take aim at the robber in the most dire of circumstances.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities: I would be interested to know. If you are confronted by someone and you visibly remove your gun from your holster/purse/pocket in response have you pulled a gun or not? Is there a requirement that you raise it to shoulder height? I am not aware of such requirement. I would suspect visibly removing a gun from its place of rest in aggression counts.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish I have no experience with pistols/handguns, I’ve never fired one in my life. When I was referring to bringing a gun up to your shoulder, I had a shotgun or rifle in mind, as these are the only types of gun I’ve had experience with. I can’t really comment on removing a gun from a holster or purse, or etc., but with regards to a rifle or shotgun: pulling a gun on a person (at least in my mind) is when you bring the gun up, fit it into your shoulder, aim it at the person, and bring your finger to the trigger (I would only do this in the most extreme of circumstances; self defense for me or a loved one).

With regards to the robber scenario: having the gun visible (in your hands) would certainly be viewed as an aggressive act, but then again, it was an aggressive situation the moment the robber entered the house illegally. It would be responding to aggression with more aggression. However, having the gun visible without actually taking aim at the intruder may be enough to deter the situation entirely (certainly not in every situation, but sometimes).

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish: I also take great issue with the fact that gun safety courses act as if you should always do the safest thing for yourself or small group. Often times the safest action for yourself is not the morally correct action.

Silhouette's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish You’re silly. It’s not a literal rule. It means don’t pull the gun unless you’re prepared to pull the trigger. I haven’t been in a situation where I thought killing someone was the answer.

meagan's avatar

Sorry. But…

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

What I take away from silhouette’s statement was “dont be a jackass and go waving your gun all around unless there’s some serious shit going down”.

majorrich's avatar

since I answered this question several days ago I’ve been dreaming about my experience.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@majorrich: I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it. The people you killed were as a result of someone else’s actions.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@Captain_Fantasy: Although non-formal, I agree with your wording. I suggest the revised wording “never pull your gun unless you’re going willing to use it.” Notice the revised wording changes the meaning.

escapedone7's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish I come from a family of gun lovers. My father is a hunter. I have seen too many dead skinned animals to count. He has an obsession with mounting dead animal heads and antlers on the walls. I would never deny my father this odd past time he enjoys so much, since he isn’t hurting anybody except deer, geese, ok once he shot a groundhog. Don’t ask me why he shot a groundhog.

However my father doesn’t want me near a gun. He told me not to get one. He knows me better than anyone. He said first of all I’d never use it, and stand there holding it until someone took it from me. Second of all he said if I did use it, it may be on myself. Finally, he asserted I’m a bit of a nutcase with sometimes questionable judgment, and guns are better left in the hands of the sane.

Do you think I should get a gun? What kind?

majorrich's avatar

To start with, I would probably get a small caliber rifle. My first gun was a single shot .22 Harrington and Richardson. But I don’t believe they are in business anymore.

I believe everyone should at least have some experience with a firearm so that they can 1) say they have done it. 2) overcome any baseless fears of them 3) maybe enjoy them as a sport, even if it’s just punching holes in paper.

My son’s first gun is a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic .22 caliber carbine. It is very well made, reliable to a fault, and a ball to shoot inexpensive ammunition. I got one for myself and we go back and shoot cans by the levee. I also enjoy stalking and whacking groundhogs that are a nuisance and a hazard to cattle. (and me I step in their holes and it’s very disconcerting.) Many farmers are happy to let you come and shoot on their property to control these pests.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@escapedone7: I believe you should become a responsible adult. If you are not a responsible adult then you can be a danger to society with or without a gun.

PS: Some fathers also believe their daughters should never have sex.

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