Two stories that ran in CW recently have stirred the debate regarding the pros and cons of carrying a gun onboard. Webb Chiles tells a chilling tale of an encounter with pirates off Indonesia in A Close Call With Pirates, while I raised the subject in a story I wrote about preventing onboard theft, Several Ounces of Prevention. So, lets hear it. Do you think a gun is good thing to have onboard or not?
Last edited by adminforum; 11-24-2009 at 09:08 AM.
This breaks down into five questions.
Whether to own a gun -- don't unless you are trained to use it and are prepared to kill someone on purpose or by accident (including you).
Whether to carry a gun aboard -- don't unless you are willing to comply with the laws of the countries you visit and are prepared to never see it again.
Whether to brandish a gun -- don't unless you are prepared to draw fire to yourself or someone you care about.
Whether to fire a gun -- don't unless you are confident of a quick and complete up close and personal kill of all the threatening people involved regardless of age or gender.
Whether to dump all the evidence and run like hell -- do, "due process" doesn't exist (American Style) anywhere in the world.
One other thought. Be prepared to throw up afterwards. Close range gunfights blow a lot of blood and guts around -- this ain't TV
BrilliantStar is spot on!
I own several pistols, am licensed to carry and do regularly.
I regularly maintain my proficiency with all the weapons I own.
However, my advice to those considering taking a gun onboard, is "Don't do it, unless you trained, and skilled in its use." A firearm in the hands of an untrained/unskilled person is more dangerous than not having one onboard!
Last edited by westwind6371; 11-25-2009 at 11:16 AM. Reason: spelling
I agree with much of what BrilliantStar said, but not entirely.
If the conditions were correct I would be sailing/motoring like a mad man, not in a straight line... and firing my flare gun at the pirates boat till I ran out... and I have a lot of flares....