Ana Marie links to John Derbyshire who informs us he would know exactly how to react in chaotic life and death situations. Hey he has big brass ones and Timing unlike wusses …
At the very least, count the shots and jump him reloading or changing hands. Better yet, just jump him.
Hey Derbyshire has practice in imagining how he would do better and never be such a damn victim. Not long ago he slapped New Orleans around in a piece on his visit there to recieve an award from the Mathematical Association of America. In that piece he was critical of a young couple that had recently been shot by an intruder into their home. Helen Hill was killed in the intrusion. Here is what Derby said…
What happened to this young couple was unspeakably horrible, and there
is of course no excusing such barbarism. It is hard, though, not to
shake your head at the couple’s unworldly naivety. What kind of people
did they think they were going to encounter when they got down and
dirty with “the community”? The Times-Picayune story quoted a
neighbor of the couple saying this: “They would never do it, but they
should have answered the door with a gun.” Hard to disagree with that —
either part of it.
Yeah we should all listen to the fearless, cocked, loaded, always ready and impeccable timing of John Derbyshire who also related this…
Most mathematicians are academics, and most academics are left-wing, so I anticipated some discomfort there.
As it turned out, I was worried about the wrong thing, which is usually the case. Arriving at the President’s Dinner (at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter —
great food, by the way), I was scolded by Martha Siegel, the MAA
Secretary, for having missed the award ceremony. It had been held that
afternoon!Somehow I’d not received, or had misplaced, the notification
for the afternoon event.
After dinner we walked back to Martha’s hotel and she went and got my
award, and presented it to me in the lobby. Thank you, thank you, thank
you, MAA. I can’t think of any prize I ever won that has meant more to
me.And thank you, Martha, for being so nice about my incompetence. (my emphasis)
Distracted by scary mathematicians he is too incompetent to pick up his award but I’m sure we’d all agree with our lives on the line we’d want Derby and his great after the fact imagination in our foxhole.