Through these different revisions, I'd been twisting my imagination into a veritable pretzel in an attempt to rationalize something unequivocally absurd.
For the sake of comparison, I revisited Full Metal Jacket to see if that film's soldiers practiced the same firearms safety. In a word-- Nope.
The filmmakers sell the movie with a gun-driven plot, multiple guns on the poster, then embark on pushing a cartoonish stereotype of 'gun nuts', or anyone who believes in defending themselves against violent crime.
I honestly believe this is one of those '80s movies that could not get made today, particularly at HBO.
Oh, sure, they may be bad-ass killers, but, when it comes right down to it? They're really just victims. How stylish.
There's nothing admirable about refusing to defend yourself. That's laziness, at best. At worst? Cowardice masquerading as enlightened compassion.