Re: Emotional IQ: assumptions and our senses( wsGUNS: Shooting

dwayne (
Wed, 09 Jun 1999 17:26:20 +1000 wrote:
> In a message dated 6/8/99 9:10:19 AM, someone wrote:
> >Any
> >>moderately intelligent person should be able to work out that when you
> >>have a huge great gun pointed at you it's a real bad idea to keep moving
> >>towards the person who's holding it.
> This brings up a point I have always pondered. Any moderately intelligent
> person from OUR CULTURE, would know a gun at night from twenty paces, but a
> Japanese student raised in a totally gunless environment would obvoiusly find
> this behavior so far-fetched ( in fact they have begun training japanese on
> American "Street Smarts" since they are such sitting ducks in big cities)
> that he would have had a lot of other things he would have assumed that man
> was carrying, but likely not a gun!!

I once had a very drunk old woman walk up to me around the corner from a rave and point a revolver at my chest saying "I can't get my cigarette lighter to work" as she pulled the trigger several times. I like to tell this story to people as it is one of the few times in my life when I was absolutely convinced I was going to die, right now. It was interesting what went through my mind at the time.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is I had an obviously drunk out of their skull person wander up to me with a huge great revolver in her hand, point it at me and repeatedly pull the trigger. I didn't actually realise I was about to be shot until the gun was pointing straight at the middle of my chest and she was pulling the trigger.

Why? Because I do not live in an environment where guns are common. As it turns out, she had a metal replica pistol, but I didn't know that at the time. I still don't think I have ever seen a pistol aside from the ones strapped to the sides of the cops here. I just wouldn't recognise them, as they are so rare.

> I know when I called the cops one night when I saw a guy with a gun, they
> interrogated ME!" Ma'am, How do you know it was a gun, how big was it, what
> kind" etc.
> I only knew because of the WAY he was holding it, and they TYPE of man he
> was.. I never actually really saw it close.. it was night.. I assumed, I
> ran...

I would not have realised.

> And, my cultural references wre CORRECT: they had a stand off outside my pad
> all night long... but if i was rasied on Planet Utopia, I would be dead!

I suppose there are a few plugged australians buried in the US...



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