Rules for a Gunfight


The following exchange is from the 1953 film Shane, starring Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur. Ladd’s character is trying to live at peace with the world. He’s hung up his gun. He doesn’t want trouble. He also knows that there are some bad people in the world who don’t care about peace. Better to be prepared than to be left defenseless and driven from your home and land by thugs:

Marian: “Guns aren’t going to be my boy’s life.”

Shane: “A gun is a tool, Marian, no better or worse than any other tool. . . . An axe, a shovel, or anything. A gun is as good or bad as the man using it.”

The vast majority of people who own a gun will never use it, but the time comes out of necessity that you need to defend yourself, here are a few rules to follow (they were sent to Godfather Politics by a friend):

In a gunfight, the most important rule is — HAVE A GUN!!! Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.
Here is some shooting advice from various Concealed Carry Instructors. If you own a gun, you will appreciate these rules… If not, you should get one and learn how to use it and learn the rules:

1. Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.
2. It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
3. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
4. Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arm’s length.

Shane Poster

5. Never say “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.
6. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 magnum is 1400 feet per second.
7. The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – a gunfight is a deadly struggle there is no such thing as a fair fight, so cheat if necessary.
8. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets … You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, ‘cause it will be empty.
9. If you’re in a gun fight:

  • If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
  • If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
  • If you’re not moving, you’re dead.

10. In a life and death situation, do something … it may be wrong, but do something!
11. If you carry a gun, people may call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
12. You can say “stop” or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.
13. Never leave an enemy behind. If you have to shoot, shoot to kill. If you end up in court, yours will be the only testimony.
14. You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.

The exchange between Marian and Shane in the film Shane (see above) begins at the 1:37 mark. Watch the entire 2-minute clip. And if you haven’t seen the film, you need to view it in the widescreen version.

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