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My head just exploded

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by DontBurnMyFlag, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. DontBurnMyFlag

    DontBurnMyFlag Well-Known Member

    My head just exploded from trying to wrap my brain around something completely irrational that was said to me the other day.

    I take a martial arts class with a guy from Philadelphia. He grew up in the kensington section, which for those who dont know, is a very rough neighborhood. He's been in more streetfights than I have fingers and toes. Its why he got into martial arts. As a form of SELF DEFENSE.

    So i start talking to him about CCW and other forms of SELF DEFENSE. He says that there is no way to defend yourself with a gun in philadelphia. He says that the only people who should carry guns are those in the wilderness protecting themselves from animals.

    I said, well, the city is a wilderness with animals of its own. He says that if you are carrying a weapon, one guy will approach you while another hits you from behind and take your gun. :scrutiny:

    He is dead set on believing that there is no way to defend yourself in the city with a handgun. However, martial arts is the answer to everything...?

    ugh. I know its just one of those conversations where you shrug and walk away. Which I did. After my head exploded.
  2. Blackbeard

    Blackbeard Well-Known Member

    Did you ask him why cops carry guns? Do they often get their weapons taken by assailants?
  3. alemonkey

    alemonkey Well-Known Member

    And they wouldn't do the same thing to someone relying on their fists?

    I don't get it either. But people aren't logical.
  4. psyopspec

    psyopspec Well-Known Member

    Some people's kids...:uhoh:
  5. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Er...actually, cops get their guns snatched more frequently than armed citizens.

    Partly, this is a function of how they carry. Partly, this is also a function of the fact that they're paid to go looking for trouble, they usually find it, and trouble usually objects to being found.
  6. TexasSkyhawk

    TexasSkyhawk Internet SEAL

    Never bring a fist to a gunfight.

  7. JesseL

    JesseL Well-Known Member

    Most people seem to have a few cognitive blind spots, concepts that they can't (or won't) bring themselves to ponder in a logical matter.

    Just be glad he's not making your choices for you.
  8. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Reminds me of a lad who said we don't need guns to defend our liberty, but if we did, we could take them away from the police and miltiary by "using martial arts."
  9. SsevenN

    SsevenN Well-Known Member

    My guess.

    he WANTS to believe the only way to defend himself is hand to hand.

    If he confronted the idea that one must take every advantage given, he would be less encouraged to stay focused on just martial arts.

    IMHO it's his self defence mechanizism protecting his ego from a realization that he might not be as invincible as he thinks.

    just some thoughts...
  10. Husker1911

    Husker1911 Well-Known Member

    I'm mentally picturing Indiana Jones confronted by the big, sword-wielding fanatic................
  11. Blackbeard

    Blackbeard Well-Known Member

    Of course, if the assailant takes your gun away, then he's in a bad spot because he has the gun and you don't. You'll just take it away from him.
  12. misANTHrope

    misANTHrope Well-Known Member

  13. TCB in TN

    TCB in TN Well-Known Member

    I guess that since guns are so in-effective that we just need to take away their guns and train the military and LEO's in martial arts and save sooooooo much money and make them even MORE effective! :rolleyes:

    Yep, that makes perfect sense!

    And as someone who used to do just a little bit of rough and tumble, and even tried one tough man contest, I can say from personal experience that there is ALWAYS someone who is a bigger stronger and tougher and now that I am in my late 30's I really don't want to take a chance on getting hurt by one of them!
  14. La Pistoletta

    La Pistoletta Well-Known Member


    I LoL'd. The logic is just beyond comprehension. And it's got an infinite loop to boot.
  15. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    But then you'll be in a bad spot, and he'll take the gun away from you. Then he'll be in a bad spot . . . Lord, when will it all end?
  16. Blarelli

    Blarelli Well-Known Member

    Just tell him that your .40 wushu is better than his wushu. You have to speak the language to get through.
  17. misANTHrope

    misANTHrope Well-Known Member

    Duh, when the police show up and shoot you because you're holding a gun.
  18. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Well-Known Member

    Does he have the special boots that let him climb walls? :neener::D
  19. La Pistoletta

    La Pistoletta Well-Known Member

    Which film was it where Bruce Lee said something to the effect of "why not just shoot him with a .45?"
  20. wheelgunslinger

    wheelgunslinger Well-Known Member

    Gecko45 Reference! Sweet Cougfan.

    Just tell the guy that even the Power Rangers carry weapons...

    Though, this may be a good argument against open carry, it doesn't make sense to me.

    LaPistoletta: That was Enter the Dragon

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