Daniel expressly answered a few questions about his personal application of lethal force and how it changed him and I thought he made a number of points that are important to readers of WTBGU!
1. Regardless of the Moral, Legal and Ethical attributes of the use of deadly force, it will change you.
2. No matter how justified you are and even if you are publicly cleared by the police (don’t hold your breath), there is no such thing as a clean shoot and someone close to you will view you differently because of it.
3. Your mindset going into the event, your confidence in your decision and the support you get afterwards greatly affects how you will rebound.
During the episode Daniel mentioned the book On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman, in high regard. I agree and I have given away multiple copies of the book.
He also alluded to the idea that there could be a positive PTSD and it is an idea that I subscribe to whole heartedly. In fact I wrote about is 2 months ago in the post “The Power of Thought.”
Lastly, many people struggle to develop the mindset they need to both survive a critical incident and live with themselves afterwards because of their religion. I don’t believe that the bible provides any evidence against self-defense and again have written on the topic in the past, but I don’t think I covered it as well as Dustin Ellermann and Rob Robideau on Gun Guy Radio.
Yeah, I had a heavy commute today.
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