I’m going to, once again, quote the great Robert A. Heinlein:
If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cuts its head off?’
Why . . . no, sir!’
Of course not. You’d paddle it. There can be circumstances when it’s just as foolish to hit an enemy with an H-Bomb as it would be to spank a baby with an ax. War is not violence and killing, pure and simple; war is controlled violence, for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your government’s decisions by force. The purpose is never to kill the enemy just to be killing him . . . but to make him do what you want him to do. Not killing . . . but controlled and purposeful violence.
Self defense is force. It is controlled violence.
The purpose of self defense is not political control, but to deter or prevent a criminal from using force against you.
Force comes in degrees.
We spend a lot of time talking about gun rights because guns are the ultimate form of force. They dispense lethal force in a very abrupt way.
They are the ultimate in “stop doing that right the fuck right now” force.
But sometimes that is, pardon the pun, overkill.
Let us turn to a real world example.
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This adult toddler is being annoying.
Then she escalates to violence. Attempting to open the car door, attempting to rip off the side mirror.
It’s not necessary to shoot this person, nor would it be legal.
But clearly this person needs to have their behavior altered with controlled violence.
To me, this looks like a job for pepper spray.
A bit of temporary violence directed at this person’s olfactory glands should be sufficient to deter them from doing damage to the vehicle and dissuade them from continuing their tantrum.
Force comes in varying degrees and you should be equipped to dispense the necessary degree of force at the time.