It is unfortunate that a thread on tools has drifted into tactics and included so many misconceptions.
Here are the facts that anyone can verify.
1. Lawful gun owners are at least 3x LESS likely to commit ANY kind of crime whatsoever, than the general public. Look up the stats on FL concealed carry permit
holders. Educated yourself.
2. It is dishonest to equate the ability to use lethal force with the desire or the will to do so. NO ONE wants to kill ANYONE for taking their $500 chartplotter
. Ethics aside, doing so instantly transports you into the criminal justice system. Everyone who owns a firearm understands what that means.
3. NO, you do not need to be a Navy
SEAL to hit a moving target at sea. People in the Keys do this all the time for fun. It is much cheaper than going to the one or two ranges in the Keys. On any given day, you can go to ANY shooting range in the country and see someone putting 5 rounds inside 1-2 inches from 50ft....pistol, freehand. Many can easily keep 5 rounds inside 4 inches from 25 yards, pistol, freehand, without even trying. A levergun can put 5 rounds inside one inch at 100 yards. Firepower is fine, accuracy is final.
4. Many who are trolling here confuse tools and tactics. There is a big difference and you need to have both. This thread began as a question regarding the TOOL. Tactics are a very different thing. This is amply demonstrated by Blake...right tool...wrong tactic.
5. What do you need a rifle for? Because nothing else can keep a boat of bad guys away 300 yards. THAT is a tactic.
6. The guy with a knife is not there to kill you. He is there to steal your stuff. He is defeated (meaning you can protect your LIFE) by a locked companionway
7. Everyone must decide for themselves. However, for most, a firearm is not used to protect your stuff...it is used to protect your life. The choice to carry one is the same choice one makes to carry a life raft. Low probability, high consequence event. Cost/benefit. For under $1000, you could have a hand gun and long gun and be covered out to 300 yards.
8. Prevention is even more important, if you carry a weapon. If an armed intruder has broken into and is inside your cabin
in the middle of the night, you are in the worst possible scenario. If you hear and are awake, and ready BEFORE someone breaks into your cabin
...you can then be in a tactically superior situation than the bad guy is. YOU then get to chose how the situation proceeds. The smart move is to get the bad guy to go away. If the bad guy presses his attack, you are in a superior position to counter.
9. To the OP...carrying a weapon is fine...but well before you do...you need to give considerable thought to how and when you would employ it. Never brandish a weapon. A weapon is a tool, taken out and used when there is no other choice to protect your life or the life of a loved one. As a responsible gun owner, I am very certain you understand that...even if most posting
here do not.
OK - you can all go back to your normal banter.