After reading about the AZ blindside assault of an older man by a young athletic man, this scenario occurred to me:
You are a licensed handgun carrier with a loaded handgun in a legal area to carry. You witness from the beginning an assault. An older man is attacked blindly by a much younger, stronger man. The assailant has an immediate advantage after knocking the older man to the concrete. The older man is unable to defend himself, possibly already unconscious. The assailant continues to attack. At this point, you could think that the victim will be killed in very short time.
You are aware that others are already trying to call 911, etc. Nobody is attempting to directly stop the assault.
1) You are a young, strong man who could possibly match the assailant in a fist fight. Do you engage physically or does your firearm come into play?
2) You are an older healthy man who would probably have a disadvantage physically against the younger, strong and obviously violent assailant. Do you engage physically or does your firearm come into play?
3) You are physically impaired: natural causes (age), visible injury (broken leg in a cast, on crutches, in wheelchair, etc.) or invisible problem (heart disease, cancer, recent surgery, etc.) You may look fit but you KNOW that you cannot physically engage the assailant to stop the assault. Does your firearm come into play?
What do you do, knowing that seconds DO count?