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Old February 17, 2019, 03:55 PM   #47
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
Posts: 9,300
Originally Posted by JohnKSa
What I'm asking for is just a recognition that the lawfully armed citizen is every bit as legitimate as the armed fellow officer is,and deserves to be treated accordingly.
Given that armed fellow officers are unintentionally killed with some regularity when other officers come on the scene and mistake them for criminals, I think it's safe to say that there's not much of a double standard.

It's not about legitimacy, it's about the circumstances of the situation and what happens when people have to make critical decisions very rapidly.
That is absolutely correct.

Somehow this thread got onto two entirely separate topics, and folks are having a tough time distinguishing between them:
  1. The problems associated with having very limited time in which to decide if someone represents a threat and take action.

  2. Law enforcement attitudes towards armed private citizens.

Based on the OP this thread is about the first. Mixing the two is resulting in a barely coherent hodgepodge.

Let's stick with the first or this thread will be closed.
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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