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Would you be the hero?

I want you to think about this before you answer. Would you be the hero in a life or death situation? I dont want to hear so bull answer that makes you sound cool I just what to know what you would do. This is an example If there were a gunman in school who is willing to kill someone would you take part in trying to stop him? If you were hiding and you witnessed an officer go down would you run out into the line of fire to save him and bring him to safety? (Would you pick up his gun to fight in order to save your friends?) Would you be willing to die trying to save a life? This is what I am talking about.

westfw6 years ago
Ask yourself simpler questions, like "If my friend has had too much to drink (and I haven't), would I drive them home from the party even if it meant going out of my way and maybe getting my car puked in?" That's a lot more likely to come up in real life...
Pat Sowers (author)  westfw6 years ago
that kinda thing does happen more but the thing i said happened in my school
Rishnai6 years ago
I like to think I wouldn't just go out the window, but I'm not so sure. If he's bent on killing everyone he can and an officer was down, I'd probably grab his sidearm and shoot the gunman dead once said gunman had turned around (why is it that school gunmen tend to be lousy shots?) since odds are, I'd be a better shot than him. Of course, that's if my odds of success were high and my odds of window-escape were low or someone I really cared about was in danger in another classroom, for example. As for home invasion, he's getting a face full of shotgun, baseball bat, or steel pipe, depending on what part of the house I was in.
it is questionable. I would probably block the door if i heard shots, but adrenaline kicks in, so you could almost do anything. it is difficult to think in those types of situations.
This is a very important topic that Pat has brought up. The answer (I believe) is simple, and ageless. You do what needs to be done. It might be easy or hard, or unsavory, but you do what must be done. This doe not mean throw your life away, it means use your brains and quiet your misgivings; and act. Be decisive.
oh... And don't forget, chicks dig scars.
"You do not know true peril until you get married" (My ex was scarier that any Taliban or gangbanger.)
Pat Sowers (author)  Garth Knight7 years ago
lol
Pat Sowers (author)  Garth Knight7 years ago
i think I would stand my ground an fight. I put a lot of thought into it but what you said is true you dont know what you would do till it happens.
Still, when it comes down to the actual moment, no one can know for sure ahead of time how they will act/react.
very true. It is one of those questions one can never really answer. But you can get to know yourself, try to understand ones' own character. Come to understand that the right decision/action might not seem either right nor pleasant to you. This is all "big picture" stuff. But, in the end, chicks do love scars. -GK
Kiteman7 years ago
This so depends on context.

If it was my own family, then yes, no question. If it was a choice of who dies, I'd much rather me than them.

If it was my pupils, then quite possibly - they are "mine" after all, even the badly-behaved ones. There have been cases of armed attackers in British schools, so I do have a vague scheme of what to do in the event of an armed or violent intruder (routes I would take, doors I would lock (I carry master keys), things that I know would be available as weapons or defences). Even in a small school, there are a surprising number of hidey-holes and dead-ends to avoid or contain an armed intruder.

Strangers in the street? I really don't know.
Sedgewick177 years ago
How can anyone really tell what you could do under major stress.One time I was chase by a wild animal,and I ran faster than I have ever run in my life or thought that I could ever run.A person can do superhuman things when they need too.You can read of countless accounts of this in WW1 and WW2 by guys who never thought of themselves as being heros.Honestly I don't think I would be the first to stand,but you never know.
Pat Sowers (author)  Sedgewick177 years ago
Thats the thing you never know. But you can still think about what you could do. Think about what you know are the limits of you body and mine and you can come close to deciding.
Well,I am a okay shot with a rifle.Never tried a pistol.I am 17 and would say that I am fairly fit,So I supose I could do something if I needed to.
Depends on the flight, fight, and freeze instincts. If it involved family, I would probably kick into "hero" mode. If not, more then likely flight or freeze. If I had a recording device, I'd record for some news shots!
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unless you know how to use a gun (as in more than the point-the-hole-at -the-bad-guy-and-pull-trigger) and are a decent marksman, you really should not try to use the cops gun. i would probably flee.
Most shooting will probably be at 10ft or less.At that distance I think it would be hard to miss, even with only a quick look down the sights.
its more of a recoil blowing the gun out of his hands/causing the shot to veer off target concern then an accuracy issue.
Pat Sowers (author)  tech-king7 years ago
For me recoil is no problem because I have used guns before. But foe others it could be a problem.
Pat Sowers (author)  tech-king7 years ago
If you used a cops gun would you get in trouble with the police?
probably.
Goodhart7 years ago
Depends on what you mean by "life or death" (that is, whose), and what you mean by "hero". I ran out of a convenience store when I saw an elderly lady slip off the sidewalk onto the macadam and crash into the bumper of my car. I was so afraid she might have broken something, I would not let her get up right away, but made sure she was comfortable; until she was able to take inventory of aches and pains, etc. Is that heroic ? I don't think so, but she definitely appreciated my gesture. Was it life or death? It could have been, had she broken a vertebrate and then moved, but there was little risk on my part (except being sued, as happens sometimes). Did I think about this ? Not a thought....not about what might happen to me anyways. I was terribly afraid for the woman though.
Pat Sowers (author)  Goodhart7 years ago
now read it.
"Dying for" is not really a practical idea, it is hard to do much once dead, but risking one's life to save a life can be practical, if the risk is not too great (or the "can't do nothing for nobody once dead" problem kicks in). Maybe I am too pragmatic sometimes, but I would definitely weigh the reasonableness of risk, success, and what I would accomplish before acting.
Pat Sowers (author)  Goodhart7 years ago
yes. As most people would do. Always think before you act.
In that case, no. Flight it is! (or stay hidden and record.)