The bad guy is across the room. Smoke fills the space in between. “Put your gun down!” He says, with a knife to your child’s throat and a gun pointed at you. “I will kill you and your child,” he says. “Put your gun down or your daughter dies!”
Never listen to evil. See it. Recognize it. Deny it. Attack it.
So this evil person has my daughter held captive with intent to kill her, as I stand exposed in the middle of the room holding my Colt 45.
As soon as I process this dilemma, I aim my weapon at the threat. I aim it right at his head. My hands are shaking. Nowhere to retreat. I never pause or flinch. I stare this evil man down.
The bully is screaming and trying to make logic or reason as he threatens us with great, and dire tragedy, and without warning, I fire off two shots at his head hoping to miss my daughter. He is hit.
Bursts of flames spray from the barrel of my pistol and his… Shots fire at me and maybe my daughter. There is a smoke filled moment of chaos. Two more shots. What if he shot me? What if I hit my daughter?
I hear my daughter say, “Daddy,” as she runs towards me. She is safe. The evil is dead. I hit him twice, fatally. My daughter was not cut or shot. She was not whisked away. She is in my arms. He is dead. We are safe.
If you are the last hope for good… for right… in the room, never put down your gun. Use it. Take the risk. Stare evil down. Win.
Never surrender the power to save, especially when the power to destroy demands that you surrender the power to save.
My loved one will not see me surrender the only weapon that might have saved them. I would rather send my wife or child to heaven by accidentally hitting them with a bullet meant for their captor or torturer prior to them being taken. The bad guy must die before he subjects my loved ones to his savagery.
I have faced evil many times, and it always expects us to acquiesce. Do not. Stare it down. Defeat it.
If you are the last hope for good… for right, in the room, never put down your gun. Use it. Win. Kill the bad guy. Early and aggressive. Attack the evil, relentlessly.