The stupid is strong with this one. Washington D.C. Deputy Mayor Paul Quander lets residents know if you’re robbed, you should just give in to the demands so you can walk away and live. The problem is, you don’t always walk away.
Do you take the chance, or fight for your life when you’re threatened with death? Play the odds? I have no idea how I would react if three thugs approached me with guns drawn, and I hope I never get put into that situation. If I was carrying concealed, I may well give up my phone and wallet and see how things progress, but things can turn really bad, really fast.
In the example provided, the young man suggested a kidnapping was either discussed or a possibility. If things deteriorated to the point where a loved one was being taken, I would not be surprised if all hell broke loose and rained down on those three fools awfully quick. God forbid I might get shot, I might die, but at least I made an attempt to stop the almost certain death that would fall on my loved one.
But you see, Quander does not want to allow you opportunity to save yourself. And remember this very important fact, just because you are carrying a concealed weapon, does not automatically demand escalation to deadly force. At some point, a line is crossed and you need to make the decision to draw to save your life or hold out and see if the even de-escalates. Quander wants to ensure you have no option other than begging for your life. Roll over, be scared, give them what they want and pray they won’t kill you.
If you are armed, it escalates the situation. It is much better, in my opinion, to be scared, to be frightened, and even if you have to be, to be injured, but to walk away and survive. Because you can, you’ll heal, and you can replace whatever was taken away. But the trauma of that gunshot to you or to someone else is traumatic.
Um, so… being beaten — or “injured” as Quander so dismissively put it — raped, stolen from… that all isn’t traumatic?
This cretin does not deserve to be an official concerned with public safety nor, most especially, “justice.”
I agree. This man does not deserve your respect or to be representing anyone as a public servant.