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    Default "must" for necessity or certainty

    Excuse me, is must in the following sentence used to express what is necessary or what is certain:
    "If I carry my gun and I am attacked, I must use it to kill, not just injure."
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    Default Re: "must" for necessity or certainty

    It's a strange sentence to me. What's the context? It would depend on the person and their reason for carrying a gun.

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    Default Re: "must" for necessity or certainty

    The context is like this:
    The speaker is an advocate of gun control, yet she keeps a gun by her bed. But she doesn't carry the gun to her car. She says, "I should transport the gun from my residence to my vehicle, but I don't. What the gun is capable of, what it is intended for, still frightens me more than what it may prevent. If I carry my gun and I am attacked, I must use it to kill, not just injure."
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    Default Re: "must" for necessity or certainty

    It sounds like an obligation- 'I would have to'. It's still a strange sentence because I see no reason why a gun cannot be used to injure rather than kill.

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