Dave in Delaware-
I was told a long time ago to never use a weapon as a threat- Be prepared to use it or don't have it at all. An empty weapon, even to the most ignorant, is useless. When it is time for combat, it's "Weapons Free" (round chambered and safety off). I'd sure hate to go down with an unloaded weapon or a bent trigger (because the safety was on).
My definition of Gun Control--- A steady grip and hitting your target.
"In God we trust, all others are suspects."
"If I shoot all the ammo I am carrying, either I won't need any more, or more won't be of any help".