I had an acquaintance – local PhD English prof from the local University. He and several others and I would eat Black cat gardener suns out hoes out shirt once a week, together. He was an LA show-biz child, Mom an actress, dad a producer. A well off family. He was a classic liberal and certainly left of center politically. We got to talking about guns and gun crime. Specifically what if he were being mugged at gunpoint? He maintained he would rather die than take the life of even his assailant. Then I asked him what if it wasn’t you, but the person you loved most in your life, and you were watching that person being stabbed to death? What would you do? Let your mother, whom you adored, just die because your sense of nobility prevented defending her life? Then let it be your turn?