Well guys...This thread has been more of an "eye opener" to me than I ever expected. For all who suggested "cut the freakin bushes", I've taken care of that situation and will strive to prevent the overgrowth in the future. I've also discussed the "communications" issue with my wife, even to the point of discussing "Flash Mobs" (albeit having nothing to do with this scenario) and the proper reactions in the event she is caught up in that type of situation either with or without me being present.
For those who questioned my response and/or my training, I respect your opinions to a point. Afterall, the purpose of this posting was to generate crossfeed in addition to the things I recognized myself as needing work. Training is something that is ongoing with me, from my previous military, to combat (Vietnam), to professional instructors/schools, to LE friends in the community, to reading, to attending lectures given by professional and well known individuals, in additon to my own personal efforts to train responsively and realistically. Although I am reaching "Senior Adult" status (63), I strive to be continually alert and improve upon my abilities and skills, knowing that my efforts could mean the difference in the survival of myself and/or my family.
For those that were quick to condemn my actions, rather than being condescending in your posts, although condescending is fine, why wouldn't you additionally explain in your post how YOU would react in a similar situation. I would enjoy reading your rationale there. I hope your MINDSET, TACTICS, SKILL, and GEAR support your actions and insure that you and your family will have the greatest probability of surviving a life threatening encounter.
Regardless, we are all individuals, an as individuals we may not always agree, may not always have the same response in a scenario or real life...but one thing we do accomplish is generating the "thought" process and discussing MINDSET and why we do the things we do. I'm sure I will have an opportunity to reply to posts in the future, made by some of my harshest critics, and perhaps I will either agree or disagree with your posting. Please don't take offense if I disagree!!!
Be safe and TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN...