This is a discussion on Envisioned a Scenario this morning within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by deafdave3 Doesn't matter if its my mom, my girlfriend, my wife, my kids, my ex, whatever... I cannot stand outside and watch ...
A CCW is like a parachute; if you need one, and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.
IF that were a given I would agree with you, in this case I do not believe it is.
While it may be difficult, one must consider the possible harm of their intervention as well as the good.
Have to agree with BikerRN. Get on the phone, call 911 and be a good witness. Be prepared to react if the situation changes.
If someone fires a shot, you now have the possibility of it going from an armed robbery to a full blown hostage situation.
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I would also agree with biker, be a good witness and make the call, now if things were going south inside and they were to start bringing people into the back then it is time for a new drive thru, shooting through the glass won't work, take a good look at the glass next time you visit a D&D, it's 2 1/4" pieces of glass with a laminate between it, so in effect you would be shooting thru over 1/2" of glass so good luck with penetration even with a rifle. Once you bust thru though be ready to come out shooting because you just entered the hornets nest. Oh yeah, your lawyer reminded me to have you call him as soon as you are finished because you are going to need him.
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I guess it depends on how close I am to the BGs and who is in the immediate vicinity.
If we are willing to take the risk that the armed BGs won't shoot anyone here, why not anywhere else? I mean, maybe the guy robbing me on the street or kicking down my door won't actually shoot me and will just scare me. I am not sure I agree with that logic.
What if they start shooting hostages? My question would be - what if I (or the person(s) I am with) is the first one shot? BGs have no sense of honor; otherwise they wouldn't be doing this in the first place.
To be honest, not sure what I'd do. I agree that firing opens the possibility the BGs may return fire, resulting in more causalities, but then, I don't know if I could just stand by while someone directly threatened my life. They didn't bring those guns for show and tell, after all.
Biker hit it, IMO. I'd add that I would unholster and be ready to take cover if the BG came out and saw me looking at them (masked or not). If I had a long gun in the car I'd probably go turkey shooting, I'm not an expert to 500 yards on iron sights, but I did qualify as sharpshooter at 350 yards in Basic.
It would be hard to convince the BG to flip up like the targets in Basic did, but I may be able to pull it off.
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I agree that were one inside the location, that may well change things, but in the OP's scenario you are outside the location. This severely limits your ability to take speedy, effective action.
Remember, shooting through glass affects your bullets accuracy a lot.
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Going with the posted scenerio....
I would: call 911, observe all I can to make a good witness if need be, make sure I am in a fairly safe position/distance and make sure I am ready for whatever might happen next.
If I need to move, do so as inconspicuously as possible as not to agitate the situation inside.
Stay low profile. Never lose sight of what's going on inside (to the best of your own control).
If the SHTF, or there is a point before that....that I am absolutely sure that this whole thing is about to end real bad for those inside....then I would act.
I won't limit myself to any boundries of how I would act. You never know, heck...even I don't know....I might just drive my car through the store front.
I would do WHATEVER I felt neccessary to try to save as many victims lives as possible, while limiting my direct exposure to death.
My answer would be the same, if not dang close, with or without a family member inside.