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No, SYG and unchecked concealed carry allow people to rationalize walking around packing as a matter of "personal safety".

But we were talking about an irrational person who would shoot someone without being faced with a deadly threat, so SYG makes no difference to the irrational person, IMHO.

What this means is that while you, me or Colovion might have the composure to exercise some restraint before jumping straight to the deadly force option

I'll tell you the truth. I have been punched in the face before in a situation that I hated the person punching me. I was hurt badly enough that I couldn't defend or fight back and got hit even harder ... further disorienting me. If I had a gun ... I am glad I didn't have a gun.

I have taken Krav Maga lessons since then, and THINK that if I was attacked that I could avoid getting hit again, not only wouldn't I want a gun but I feel I could take the attackers gun away if he had one and continue to defend myself and put the attacker down.

I agree that Zimmerman should not have had a gun while out on his little stupid patrol. If Andy Taylor was head of Zimmerman's Crime Watch club he might have let him have an empty gun with a bullet in his shirt pocket.

But people who are crazy, stupid or criminally inclined are going to have a gun whether SYG laws or gun laws are passed or revoked...imho.
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