Friday, February 05, 2021

Finding Out

This is a hard video to watch.

EDIT: Sorry, that video was apparently too raw for Twitter. Here it is from the New York Post.

There's a lot to unpack here.

First, we don't know what sort of history these neighbors had leading up to this. Still, it's a good example of why it's a good idea to not just start cussing people in public. 

Also, this is an answer to the question "You mean you carry a gun when you're just doing yard work or shoveling snow?" Oh hell yes I do.

Also also, this is why I generally try and avoid getting involved in anyone else's crazy day. 

If someone's acting up in public, I can apologize and disengage from the situation. If I really feel the need to, I can go complain about them on social media in private later and nobody's gonna pop off and trigger a gunfight if I do. 

If you carry a gun, any altercation can escalate into a gunfight. Deescalate. Avoid altercations.

Lastly, there is a problem experienced by people who haven't been exposed to interpersonal violence of any type; they have no experience in reading the differences between bluffing and the real deal. It's why you see these "You ain't gonna shoot me!" situations. 

People waving a gun just to let you know they have a gun is a very real phenomenon and doesn't necessarily mean violence is imminent; they're just letting you know that certain off-ramps from the situation are closed. Okay, you have a gun and I need to stop pushing. Cool, cool. 

This guy? He was not that guy. 

People say "You wouldn't..." to people who are practically lighting off signal rockets to tell you that oh, yes the fuck they would and are, in fact, fixin' to.