(Found on Facebook)
Gabe Suarez opines on the usefulness of lights in a gunfight. There are going to be some butthurt people out there after reading this.
Not that anyone who is anyone cares, but I've considered this for a long time. I have flashlights, including tac lights. I have one weapon mounted light, on a shotgun that's now a safe queen and in line to be sold. After a lot of thought, while I might pick up a light if something goes bump in the night, I probably won't. If I pick up anything in addition to my bedside gun, it's going to be a spare magazine.
"Ermagerd, yer gonna kill the wrong person!"
Probably not. First, we have a burglar alarm and it's set, every night without fail. If anyone violates the perimeter of my home, the bad guys, my family, our neighbors and the central monitoring folks are all going to find out at the same time. That's how the system is set up. Zero delay--it goes off and the party starts.
Second, our house is not completely dark at night, and that's deliberate. While our bedrooms are dark, the rest of the house isn't. We have a low level of light in the living areas of the house at night. It's more than enough to identify whether that person standing there is my wife or the neighborhood meth head who has just made a drastic mistake in the victim selection process.
Third, I'm not going to wait all night before I take action, nor am I playing 20 Questions at 3 AM. We'll leave it at that.
It's a pity that we live in times when we have to think like this, but we do. Have you?