Originally Posted by bstreep
Uh... You have the numerators for the statistics, but you forgot the denominators. Politicians do this all the time. Somehow, I think I'm more likely to get hijacked if I take the boat to Somalia or the South China Sea, then I am to get carjacked living here in South Texas. If I don't take the boat to Somalia, my chances of getting hijacked there are zero.
Obviously, you're correct Bill, but the issue surely is our freedom to coexist anywhere we choose.
My attitude being; you could drop a million dollar diamond ring somewhere in my boat, and if I find it I will return it you as would expect you to do the same.
And so, should I choose to mess around near Somalia, or any other such hazardous place, I expect to be left to carry on my way unmolested by another, as all others can expect to remain unmolested by me.
"Do unto others...." being the prime directive.
And so, should any person decide to do unto me that which is designed to in some way cause me an evil, then I reserve the right to do unto him/them as they intended to do unto me.
But I will begin my dissuasion programme at the lowest end. Ergo, out with the megaphone and, 'Oi You! Come one step closer and I shall react badly!'
They come closer....Don't speak English
. I start to brandish my New Zealand
Maori Tiaha, the use of which I have some considerable experience. And when brandishing and keening a serious Maori Karakia at the same time, it can be a fearsome site.
Come with bad intentions within six feet of me wielding my Tiaha and you may be assured you wished you hadn't.
They come closer. My 'act' didn't work. I then pull out the flyspray can and give them a few demo-bursts of my do-it-it-yourself flame-thrower. Very impressive but only good at short range for real results; but spectacular. At least they'll know that shooting me first will be the only way past the flame-thrower.
Still they come on. Okay. These boys are going to do unto me stuff I'd rather not have done. Out comes the shotgun with the double aught. First lob over their heads. Second at their waterline. Six to go in my unplugged, take-down Ruger.
BTW: A take-down is a shotgun which can be assembled or disassembled in seconds. And the disassembled bits can be hidden very easily; especially with a sawed off barrel.
Anyone who doesn't get the message by then, then within a few seconds is going to get the next six loads coming right at them in quick succession.
Nobody. But nobody. Boards my boat without my express permission.
But if I get it all wrong and they're armed with AK47s, and shoot the **** out of me first, then I'll be in no state to complain in any event.
But I sure as hell won't give up without a fight.
The old, 'Let's see if we can't reason with these chappies,' idea is not a part of my world. One does not attempt to reason with the unreasoning.