I am not a violent person. I abhor violence, it sickens and disgusts me and makes me feel all sorts of awful just thinking about it. I wish violence was massively reduced around the world.
However, I will defend myself and people I care about, and anyone else if the situation presents itself, with only the least force necessary to prevent further harm, always with an eye to de-escalation and containment and preventing the bad dangerous situations from happening in the first place.
I prefer less lethal weapons, OC spray, batons, electric shock, but if need be, I think I am more than capable of handling a lethal weapon, and employing it as a last resort.
I went with my brother to a shooting range today, cause I had never fired a pistol before, and I wanted to.
Turns out, I'm a really good shot.
I ain't buying a gun yet, but I'm considering a CCL.
First one I shot was a .45 ACP, and I also put some lead downrange with a Smith and Wesson silenced .22.
Stay frosty my friends, and watch your six, it's a crazy world out there.