First I must Applaud those that have figured ways to stop a problem without a gun.
Secondly I must state that I am NOT anti gun. I have own firearms and stand to inherit a collection from my Father (who has a CWL) and has had to use a pistol once to defend himself (interesting he never had to fire it at the criminals).
On the High Seas and in Harbors fire arms are a mixed bag and if you decide to carry be very aware of the rules that you must deal with or that you choose to break (the penalties can be very nasty).
Defense of ones family
and property has different views in different societies (heck here in the UK the views change by social class and area of the country). I am not a pacifist as I have seen to many of them get dead or beaten badly (worse yet, end up being passive aggressive slaves to the social norm).
I have been working on ways to defend ones home and property at sea and in harbor for the last three years and the answers are not simple and yet they are. Hopefully in the near future I will have it all together to publish it and will let everyone know where I post it for people to look at the information and the why for of getting there. The three main items that come up are these though:
- What level of responsibility are you willing to realize and take for your own safety and life? (this dictates a lot of the later actions and can be heavily influenced by many social and personal factors)
- Given the choice of above how are you going to cope with what real danger there are in proper relation to all other items of life? (people tend to over focus on the items that can cause fear or danger and while are real problems in many areas of the yachting world, there are simple ways to deal with it)
- Choose how to do what you have chosen and than work with others as best as possible to reduce or eliminate what problems can be controlled (this means being willing to work with others even if they don't hold the same view)
So far this seems to hold up the best in any test structure that I can come up with (I also have friends both in the Sailing community and outside throwing the monkey wrench at it). Anyone have additional views please would like to hear them (constructive criticism is useful, fool's are given their value).
The tool's that are on a sailboat are very extensive in the ability to be used to defend a boat, many just don't take the time to really look and to think in ways that I would prefer we don't need to think (unfortunately Uncle Sam and growing up in a racially volatile [race riots when in junior high] area has taught me other wise). That with a lot of training in many different arts of combat and Professional healthcare training does give one some pretty interesting insights.
The best advice I have is truly think it out first and than choose. After all Life is CHOICE.
Best of luck and hope this didn't muddle the waters any further.