The sidearm would mostly be just for show when someone was trying to attach you and you had to threaten and back them off.
I would only actually fire the gun if my life was in danger and there was no other option. And even then, I wouldn't try to kill them. I would shoot them in a non-fatal spot, like the leg.
You're absolutely right, violence only begets violence, but its only human nature to want to survive, even if it means damaging someone else.
I'm 16, therefore; I am not allowed to carry a sidearm.
I'm just talking about keeping one when I am 18, merely for safety purposes.
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