real life scenario from this past week...
I really appreciate this forum and the consistent respectful discussions that go on around self-defense issues, so here is a real life scenario to chew on and discuss:
This did not happen to me, but this was related to me today by a nurse at the hospital where I am a Chaplain.
The nurse and her husband came out of a building in Billings this Thursday and walked around a corner and saw a group of folks who were very drunk and they were brawling with each other. There were fist-sized rocks and boards involved. There was a group of people just standing and watching, so she called 911. Then she noticed a 2 yr old toddler standing some distance from the brawling group. She ran and picked up the little girl (she held the little girl and ended up cleaning her up some before the DFYS folks arrived to take the child into protective custody) several LEOs arrived, broke up the fight, and carted everybody off to the hospital or jail.
Now, up to this point, as she related the story I'm thinking, "OK, she was a good wittness--[I'm also thinking that if I had been there, carrying, I would have done the same thing]. Then she added these facts: Of the six, two were women (who were also drunk) but the men were beating on the women as well as on each other, but the women were NOT fighting back--there was blood everywhere--and one of the men was repeatedly smashing one of the women in the head with a rock in his fist." :mad:
These additional facts caused me to re-evaluate my assessment: They are all drunk, but can I live with myself while watching some woman get her skull smashed in and potentially murdered:dead: right in front of my eyes while I have the means to intervene (8 rounds of hp .45) and yet do nothing??? :comeandgetsome: Yet, on the other hand, to try and wade in or to attempt to intervene, even from a safe distance, in a group like this is to invite big trouble. I might be prepared to shoot the guy with the rock bashing the woman's head, but am I willing/prepared to shoot the other 3 drunk guys when they rush me waving rocks and 2x4s??
This seems a situation with no really good options and a lot of potential for multiple really bad outcomes. What are your thoughts!!!