These "protection from pirates" threads are really getting funny
-Automatic weapons? LOL Unless you've been trained to use one you probably couldn't keep a hold of one while firing (it's not like the movies, where you grab an M16 in each hand and shoot from the hip -- there's a little thing called recoil that will knock you on your butt).
- Using a weapon in a foreign country (especially the third world places that generate these worries of piracy). OK . . . . so you repel the borders (whether they were intent on your death or on your cigarettes, we'll never know) .. . . there is now two dead bodies and a derelict boat floating in the water
. Do you think the authorities will shake your hand and thank you for making the seas a safer place? Until proven otherwise, YOU are now the pirate. When or if you ever get the chance to prove it is another question. When you get to that third world prison they take you to, you'll wish you were dead.
- Improvised weapons (flame throwers, compressed air etc)? LOL Ever hear the expression "don't bring a knife to a gun fight." Real guns
have something called "range." While you're frying your topsides with the 6 foot long flame of a propane
torch, the bad guy is putting three rounds in your chest from 500 feet away (and maybe all he wanted was your booze).
- The real possibility of it happening? LOL. Just because we have a fancy word for it when it happens on a boat (piracy), doesn't make it any more likely to happen to you then any other traveller to that region -- in fact, the stats are probably way worse for land-based tourists to crime-prone areas. If you were traveling by air, you wouldn't even have a choice of arming yourself, so why the big "issue" just because you're on a boat?
- there is something a little twisted about purposefully traveling to an area where you feel in danger
of being killed. These places are well known. How about this: Don't go there!
I have no problem with guns or the defensive use of them -- but the amount of time and energy spent on this one topic so far outweighs the danger
as to defy common sense. Why this obsession? There are 100 things that are far more likely to get you in trouble on a boat.