Originally Posted by pdx.challenger
I was born & raised in L.A., so I wouldn't be surprised. Rodeo Drive has merchandise that sells for millions of dollars & Southern California crime no longer has boundaries (part of the reason that I left 6 years ago). While crime is everywhere, I assure you there's much more of it in 90001 than 90212.
I get paid to kinda know about crime in the area and although not in LE I've worked for and with cops for years and am very familiar with the topic. What I was getting at was that decisions to fight back are made all over the place, not just in bad neighborhoods where life is 'cheap', and that they tend to go with a certain type (veteran, small business owner, a certain political bent). In the end, while everyone is entitled to their opinion and has the right to voice it, only people who were at the scene (if that) know what really happened. All others are just MMQs (Monday morning quarterbacks).
I've participated in many such a thread on gun and private security forums and they always get heated and divided along what are basically political lines. People use those as soapboxes to beat their chest or comment on social issues, and this is the inevitable political element I was talking about again. Denying its existence is refusing to see the elephant in the room.
I personally don't think there's a right or wrong answer - that shoot/don't shoot decision is not taken in a vacuum and will be influenced by employer policy, LE and DA attitudes, crime awareness in the area, etc. And as food for thought, here's an hardened ex-cop's take that I always keep in mind: Commentary by Evan Marshall
There's the right thing... and then there's all the ways you can get screwed for doing the right thing. Losing my job would be last on the list of my worries.