I have not read the whole thread so I might me killing the horse again but lemme take a minute to tell a war story and what I learned form it. I think it is worth the read for anyone considering carrying a weapon.
I was a Kid of about 18ish when I was working my way thru college as a laborer. I shoveled mud 8 hrs a day next to a Vietnam veteran named Zeke. One day we had a disgrunted customer come in. He was carring a chainsaw and bound and determined to cut down some $500 trees we had for sale. The lady owner jumped between chainsaw and the trees. I jumped between the chainsaw and her.
I played with this guy and his running chain saw for about 10-15 min (literaly) till he got past me, hacked a tree and left. Now, I don't know if you have been in a life or death situation for 10 minutes but it is a LOOOONG time.
Now old Zeke who had a few years on me and the experiences in Vietnam did nothing. When it was over I asked why he did not help me out. He put his arm around me and walked me back to the dirt pile...
He said "Homey, was you gonna kill that man?"
I replied "No Zeke, I just wanted to chase him off."
Zeke continued "Homey, that's what you don't understand. That M#$%^& F^%$#(* was gonna kill you. If you wasn't gonna kill him, leave him alone."
He continued to explain to me I was in a "Kill or be killed" situation. I would not have harmed the guy if I could have. Zeke knew that. The guy woulda cut me up and I not been quick. He tried many times.
Zeke drove the point home by saying "When you in that situation you gotta decide. 'Is it him or Me?' cuz one of you is gonna die. You gotta decide who."
Though it was a couple of decades ago the words are still burned into my brain.
That day changed my life forever. I now sometimes carry a 9 myself. I KNOW that if I am in a situation where I CAN NOT get out of it any other way I will not hesitate to pull the trigger. My gun will NEVER be used against be becasue I tried to reason with a nut case and he yanked it away.
Luckily I learned this lesson without major injury or death. My advice to you or anyone considering carrying a weapon... (remember skipped to end of thread)
DECIDED BEFORE YOU CARRY IT if you have the ability to use it. If there is a doubt, leave it home.
If you are ever in the situation, think fast, make the best decision you can remembering that it is the biggest one you will ever make in your life.
Let's hope you never have to make it.