USBP Weapons, Part 7
Before the Agent can take action the perpetrator
must also have the ability to make good on his threat.
The guy might be saying: "I'm gonna kill you!" But
he might really be looking for a way out .. he could really just
be looking around for a place to run.
If he has a knife and there is some distance between
you and him then you are facing less of a threat. If he has a
rock instead of a knife then he is far more dangerous to
you. If he has a big gun or especially a rifle then you
are in real trouble.
And then he must have a real opportunity to act
upon his ability:
Is he close enough to act upon his threat considering
the weapon he has? This question becomes far more interesting
to evaluate at 12:30 AM in the shadows. And then too he must really
intend to take that action:
"I'm gonna stack you people like cordwood"
"I'm never gonna get tired of hurting you."
He may exhibit certain outward indicators that he
has perpetrated such possible actions in the past and / or is
of a mind to perpetrate them now. For example, if he has a spider
web tattoo on his face and his shaved head is buffed to a high
luster and is glistening in the border's moonlight then he probably
has certain issues within himself that make his proximity to you
of some import.
Then there is the serious problem that action is
far faster than reaction. It can take even as long as three fourths
of a second for you to react to what he does. If he is within
15 feet of you then you probably do not have sufficient time to
react to anything he does before his action comes in contact with