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Old September 5, 2012, 07:49 PM   #27
moxie
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A "shooting" is when a bad guy shows up and shoots one or a bunch of people a la the Colorado movie theater or the Sikh temple. All one-sided. No "fight" involved.

A gunfight, on the other hand, is when two armed parties face off and shots are fired. This can happen by one or both parties. It is still a fight. Presentation of a weapon in a threatening manner turns it into a "fight."

A "fight" presupposes the capability of violence by both parties. A "shooting" does not.

If a big kid beats up on a little kid, it's a beating. No fight involved. If he can fight back, it's a fight. Get it?

All of which is beside the point of the OP. Whatever you call it, that guard was my kind of guy.
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