Do I need to remind you who provided you with a gun rack for your house? If you really want me to I'll take it back. Besides you didn't exactly make it sound like I was missed when you stated that there was more ammo for each of you for user with a certain "hunting" rifle.
Guns are okay. I've always had a hankering to pick up more obscure weapons skills though -- longbows/crossbows, daggers and sabres, etc. Of course, not all of them lend themselves to sporting or competitions (e.g. garrottes). I'm concerned about self-defense, too. A gun trumps hand to hand combat skills, but what if everyone has a gun (inc. me)? What's the likelihood that I can get out of a situation like that unharmed? According to filmographic theory, if my heart is pure and I've done good deeds, I'd win a firefight. Realistically, I doubt this.
I've been pondering this for a while, so I'm rambling a bit. Maybe I should just go with the wrist-mount crossbows and a couple of throwing stars tucked in my evening bag. At least it would look cool.
I hear that... so myself and a couple friends are at the bar for Tuesday night bar night. A certain guy exchanges some chit chat with us and basically tries to impress us with how much he's making a year etc... then he reminds us not to get married... he's apparently going through a messy divorce yada... yada... basically this guy is looking for a challenge but wants to prove he's superior to us in some way to validate his own existence. The situation escalates and he asks pschoonveld if he wants to take this outside. Obviously we aren't fond of partaking in fights for no apparent reason so he tries to calm the situation. We pick up and leave. Our newly made friend asks me if we want him to follow us out back. I say he's fine right where he is. We go outside to our cars... eventually this guy comes out. Apologizes for being an asshole, and thanks us for being so calm-headed... however he turns the situation around by saying that even though there are 5 of us he isn't the guy to mess with. He's being apologetic but trying to turn it into a confrontation at the same time. We basically try to keep the situation as calm as possible.
The point being a gun gives you range and a knife increases your deadliness. However if a situation like this transpires the only time you can use a gun in so called self-defense is when he's near by... same with a knife but if there's a struggle those could end up in anyone's hands... ah Catch-22's... Note to self... look at upgrading that yellow-belt in Karate... although legally having that does make me an "expert" legally when it comes to fighting and makes me increasingly liable to be sued should I mess someone up without just cause.
what an asshole. still, sometimes it seems like there's more of
them than of us. avoiding bad situations is an awfully
good skill to have (even if you know you could take a guy,
no prob). i've talked my way out of a potential disaster
before -- i think if i had weapons, i'd be tempted to use
them. case in point: somewhat recent story here in CA, nice man
with family is asleep when house is broken into by
burglars with guns. nice man has gun to protect himself
and his family. In the firefight that follows, he kills a
burglar but is killed himself, and wife is injured as well. (Worth saving his possessions from theft? I really don't think so)
Maybe the best protection is to forgo material wealth,
avoid drunken clods, and always use the buddy system.
My view of fights are: "Somebody is going to get hurt
which makes it worth avoiding."
On upgrading your belt: Better control at higher levels.
My worst injuries were from Yellow and Orange Belts
Of course the last time anyone even thought of fighting
me, I was in a VW bug and he was in a Corvette. (He had
parked in front of the doors of the convience store which
made my manuever to get in a real space interesting.) I
got out of the bug, he saw my 6'8" frame, got back in his
car and drove off. I then got my Slurpee in peace.
Not one of my finer moments, but I had had enough crap from
work that day. I like to think I'm better at defusing
situations since then. (I've also gone from Orange to
Green Belt since then. Need to buckle down and get my
Brown, it's been too long)