Mikeb302000 has deigned to bless us with his presence again, adding his unique perspective on questions of firearms responsibility and legislative control. Back on his own site, Mikeb’s posted a clip of Robert Diro’s famous “Are you talking to me?” monologue from Taxi Driver underneath the headline “The Great Fantasy of All Gun Owners.“ Obviously, the gun control advocate wants some goats trip trapping on his bridge. And yet I think it’s a legitimate question. Because yes, I do “fantasize” about using my gun in a self-defense scenario . . .
When I’m out and about, I run through possible “challenges” in my mind, and my potential responses. Which do not include unnecessary confrontations, clever quips or thankful citizens. I scan for danger, plan my exit, check for cover and concealment, etc. Truth be told, I “what if” all the time. I’ve even trained myself to look at people’s hands first, then center mass, then their face.
Mikeb302000 considers this sort of thing a sign of gunloon paranoia, dangerous immaturity and barely repressed blood lust. I consider it . . . relaxing. Seriously. Once I assess my situation, I can “stand down” and chill, maintaining as much situational awareness as the situation demands.
As Providence Concealed Carry Permit Holder Number 20 (as in 20 in the history of Providence), I’m not surprised that I’ve only seen one other person scanning and planning. That may have been a gay thing. (No harm, no foul.) But I reckon members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia practice mental rehearsal all the time—without the Hollywood hysterics. Well do ya punk?