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Old September 18, 2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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One very poor tactic...

...is to allow yourself to become too skeptical of other gun owners and their experiences.

I have found myself guilty of that recently. I questioned the validity of a persons post in this very forum simply because it seemed a bit outlandish. I am not going to go as far as to say I believe the story itself but a couple people have PM's me and pretty much said "true or not, he is a good guy" so I feel I should apologize to Firepower! for my treatment of him.

I am still not a fan of outlandish scenarios being posted (true or not) due to how negatively so many people view such stories, but I should not have called his personal credibility into question.

Sorry if this is off topic.
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:08 PM   #2
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That is actually a very good point, IMO. Way too many gun owners seem to get locked into a very narrow view of the gun world, and tend to then reject/deny/disbelieve anything outside of that view. There is a distinctly American view of the gunfighting world, but it is not the only view. Lots of other places, many of them far more dangerous than here, have developed alternative views of what works, how to respond to threats, and so on.
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:26 PM   #3
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I think a few details and some background info were left out of that post in order to stick to the action. Either way, I am certain that something happened, it was wild as hell, and Firepower! was there. He is a good dude, not some 14-year old video-game geek.

The story makes me appreciate our fine American cops, though. Many other parts of the world do not have it as good as we do.

Buy a cop a doughnut and thank him for keeping the goblins in check, y'all.
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:36 PM   #4
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You're a big man, Playboy.

If firepower had simply said, "In Pakistan", his post would have been instantly credible.

It's natural to disbelieve anything that doesn't fit with our pre-conceived ideas and concepts. Some of us pretend we're from Missouri (Show Me). Some of us are a little jaded and skeptical from our life experiences. Some of us are all three.

Doubting can be a way of protecting ourselves.

As someone once said, "Trust, but cut the cards."

We all need a little more tolerance of people's experiences and ideas.

It's easy to doubt. It's sometimes hard to believe.
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:38 PM   #5
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:46 PM   #6
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:52 PM   #7
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Yes, a big part of learning - and even an experienced old hand can learn something from a newbie - is to let go of preconceived ideas and listen to fresh points of view.
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Old September 18, 2008, 07:53 PM   #8
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If a few more of us would follow this example TFL would be better for it.
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Old September 18, 2008, 09:57 PM   #9
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Absolutely!

PBP, thanks for being brave enough to post this. Kudos to you.

Closing this as off-topic, but very grateful for the reminder: there are real human beings on the other side of the computer screen.

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