You're a better man than I am. Glad everything worked out well.
I had a hard time visualizing just how it went down but I do get your point. I suppose if I were a 220 lbs man there are a lot of things I would do and one of them might be the willingness to go toe-to-toe.
It's really hard for me to speculate what I would do if I were not who I am because I have never weighed more than 111 lbs (when not pregnant, that is). Nor have I ever been taller than 5'3".. unless I am wearing heels, but then I sacrifice stability. Either way, I've never been anything but a small female who has been picked up and thrown around by the types of men you describe in your post.
So would I go toe-to-toe? Probably not.
But since your situation ended well then it turned out okay and that was all that was necessary for you.
If I perceived that someone were kidnapping my child I would not hesitate to go to lethal force very quickly if I felt it was necessary. Something I have to consider is that if I get myself involved in a H2H situation and am seriously hurt, what happens to my children? Both of which are generally with me whenever I'm out.
Of course I would yell, "HEY! LET HIM GO!" If that didn't produce the results I was looking for then I would take after the individual in question. If I had my pepper spray with me (which I almost always do) then I might try that if I can get close enough. But if it all came down to it and a gun was all I had and he was getting away I would use it. I'm not even against a good pistol whipping if it came down to it.
With that being said..I'm sure you know that my response would have been the same, even in perfect physical condition...I do agree that your weapon is not the first choice in many situations and it is not the end all/magic talisman that some try to make it out to be...But..I train to protect myself and MY FAMILY and I would not have hesitated, in YOUR situation posted, to have presented my weapon. I too have planned in advance what my response would be. I've trained in an attempt to insure that my response would be nothing but successful. One WILL NOT lay a hand on my wife, daughter or granddaughter PERIOD!
Hope I didn't disappoint your expectations in my response..LOL...I think my signature line says a lot about my mindset.. Be SAFE Harryball and take care of the lil fella...
Only you can answer properly as you were there. The answer being, no.
Good on ya!
I realize that "convenience" stores are supposed to be convenient, but I tend to avoid them if at all possible. Will this incident affect your decision to patronize these types of places in the future?
Good looking kid. He looks a little younger than 8 yr in this pic, however, he must take after his mother...:wink:
Glad he's safe Harryball, I can think of a couple of "innocent" scenarios for this, but as parents, we don't always have the time, nor should we have the inclination to give the "benefit of the doubt". You got your boy back and drew attention to the situation. The guy running off kinda cancels out innocent motivation on his part IMO. Good response, no adult touches my kid without me knowing the reason, and she's nearly an adult herself now...old enough to think she knows it all, too young to realize there's plenty left to learn. Prayers for your continued safety and vigilance.
Sounds like you handled it a lot better than I would have Harryball.
If I were in a similar situation and a complete stranger were leading one of my daughters away; I certainly would have "cleared leather".
Something I'm sure I would end up regretting in the following days/weeks.
Definately gave me something to think about though.
Thanx for sharing... Glad all is well.
Thanks guys for all the warm thoughts..I appreciate it.
@motorcitygun..He is about 5 in the pic. we were on our way to a race....