....That said, a blade never jams.
A blade never misfires.
A blade doesn't have a safety to fumble with.
A blade never goes through a wall and hits an innocent family member or neighbor.
To kill with a blade, you have to be close enough to look into the eyes of the dieing.
So for these reasons, I trust warm steal, not hot lead....
Right on, Hare
(Glad yer still with us, BTW.)
A knife never runs out of ammo.
And you never have to rack the slide.
And you don't have to line the sights up.
And it doesn't make your ears ring--or warn your enemies.
And you can easily use them 2 at once.
And you only have to use them once.
More people have been killed by blades than guns, many times over.
Most shootings occur at about a distance of six feet of less. Many "sources" will tell you that "most" shootings occur at a distance of twenty feet of less. Both are true statements.
Many police are taught to draw and shoot a knife-wielding attacker if they approach within 21 feet. Any closer, and man with the knife can kill the man with the gun.
The fact is that most shootings are done at conversational distances. You know, conversations like "Nice day. Gimme all yer money." Or the brief but ever-classic "Give it up, bitch!"
At that distance, a person who understands how to use a knife IS looking at a dead man. The dead guy just doesn't know it yet.
It takes about 1/5th of a second for a visual image to travel from the retina down the optic nerve to the brain. Then it takes a little longer for the brain to process the image, and decide to (say) pull a trigger. Then it takes a little more time to twitch that trigger finger.
How much time, total? About 2 and 3/4 seconds.
If you can strike your target in less than 2.5 seconds, your target is in the nerve-lag zone, and he can do nothing whatsoever to defend himself.
If you move (preferably while deflecting the gun), he can't do anything to harm you, either.
Let me offer a choice tidbit to those who find themselves in need of a little extra time in trying circumstances. This is from my Dirty Tricks Dept--and it's one of my favorites:
If someone points a gun (or anything else at you) and says "Gimme all yer money" (or any variation thereof) just look into your wallet or purse, and say...
"Is 53 twentys enough?"--and make your move.
Congratulations! You just bought yourself at least 2 extra seconds. While your target is conducting an internal discussion about what 53 X 20 is, and would he like to have that much, and sure he would, and "Have I scored big-time, baby, or what?!"...
...you can clean his clock.
ANY question will do--the idea is just to occupy his frontal lobes for a few moments.
Ladies, you have a special advantage
here with male attackers--just say something so heart-stoppingly lewd (in a perfectly casual tone of voice) that your attacker will be literally stunned by what you just said!
--and that oughtta give you five or six seconds, easy. He'll still be thinking about it long after the action starts.
(Sorry--got into teacher mode, there. But I'll leave my rambling up just in case someone finds it useful someday.)
Anyway, what I had intended to say is that a concealed carry doesn't have to be a gun. It can be a knife, or a set of brass knuckles, or a slapshot blackjack, or a any one of a dozen other fancy toys. Or just something nearby.
Being armed is as much a state of mind as it is a hardware inventory.