So I went Orange at the mall today (critique?)
So I am in Dallas to visit some friends/family and their new dog. I went to their Galleria (big mall) with them to look around. We were walking around (like anyone would at the mall) and were heading toward the gap. A group of 4 Hispanic males were walking passed us, one tried to cut between my girlfriend and I (walking side by side). So we just avoided him and one of the males "hooted/cat called" at her and said something like "hey baby" and something else that was towards sexual harassment, but we didn't hear it clearly.
My girlfriend obviously was offended and just basically said "excuse me, gross", and we continued walking to the Gap. One of the taller males (maybe 6 foot; I am about 5"8) got upset and started towards our way. As normal, I check my 6 and see him coming towards us while we are in the store.
He starts name calling to me basically trying to start a fight (one other male went with his friend). "What did you say b***", etc." The typical tough guy persona. He is maybe about 20 feet away from me (like at the entrance and we are at the first display how they normally display clothes). So he starts cussing some more trying to provoke us (both my gf and I carry; Beretta px4 sc and Glock 26 respectively). I raise my voice and tell him to back off and I get the attention of a few store workers and other shoppers. He starts cussing and I yell "leave us alone please!" The male begins to call me a little b**** and then "that's what I thought", walks away.
From what I've read on the boards, I did the right thing. But I was so upset and angered that he and his friends would treat women the way they do (especially my gf). As I was playing the situation in my head, if he approached more, how would you guys have handled it?
My thought was...if he approached, legally would I be cleared to "engage"? My number one thought is NO. The mall is crowded and if were to draw and shoot, it may go through him. So the field behind the bg was not clear.
EDC: Sog flash II (3.5" blade) and Glock 26. Gf usually has pepper spray, but left it back at home in our town.
Thoughts? Critique? What would you have done if the bf didn't back off? Although I feel this is a stupid reason to fight over, I was shook up by thinking..."wow...someone is going to get hurt over a stupid sexual remark". My legs were shaking afterwards and I was just so frustrated/PO'd. Sigh of relief though..no one got hurt, no legal troubles. so...I was happy with that.