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Old 06-25-2010, 02:24 PM   #96
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first let me apologize for the thread drift.

PQ - I agree with you, it it is a final option.

Would I shoot them if they ran? No, not if they weren't a threat to anyone's safety.

I think these are some of the first rules I learned in regard to firearm safety

- Treat every weapon as if it was loaded.
- Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.
- Keep your weapon on safe, until you intend to fire.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you intend to fire.

You can see flagrant violations of this rule in videos (tv reality, news, home video) of law enforcement officers. Drawing their weapons and pointing them at people that pose no immediate threat. I am not saying all law enforcement do this - just that it happens ... and that it happens in a public forum.

I should clarify this as well - my father never aimed the rifle at anyone... it was just visible in his truck - and he didn't chase or shoot after them. They just fled and the authorities were alerted.
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