I see that the usual suspects are in a tizzy over the armed St. Louis couple who confronted BLM protestors outside their house. It appears that the pair are both lawyers, so I’m going to assume that they are aware of the elements of the crime of assault and that they would not have pointed their weapons at anyone who was not threatening them with severe injury or death.
However, their gun handling is clearly inept. They appear to have poor awareness of the direction their weapons are pointing, and the women never seems to be holding her Walther PPK properly. They both need more training in safe gun handling.
I haven’t had to shot anyone since I left Viet Nam in 1972, but I have been in several dangerous confrontations since then. In all of them, when the other people realized I was armed, they decided to withdraw. The sight of a holstered sidearm or a firearm slung over my shoulder or held at low ready was enough to influence their behavior.
The arms I keep for defensive purposes are not kept for offense. They are not kept to inflict my brand of justice on anyone else. They’re kept as a credible deterrent, tools that I am trained to use and willing to use.
One of the reasons Mrs. Hoge and I settled where we did was that the community was peaceful. I doubt that we’ll see much turbulence here, but if the rioters come to our small town, they’d be well advised to stay off my lawn.