Looking Back - Scary Memories
It's interesting how we can look back at little incidents in the past and even analyzing them from the perspective of time realize the potential outcomes which could have been bad, and thankfully were not. Several years ago, two fellow photographer friends and I went to Fair Park in Dallas to do a little shooting (shutters, of course :tongue: ). That area of Dallas, though a somewhat "touristy" part of town is still in a part of the city which is, well you can draw easy conclusions... Broad daylight and on a Saturday.
Walking from one part of the park area, actually out in the parking lot area, we saw a guy walking who fit the typical "homeless panhandler" stereotype. And with good reason. Sure enough though he originally was some distance from us, he altered his path to intersect ours and approached us. Always leery of such encounters I at least, and I know one of my friends feeling the same, just hoped for the best. And yes, I do profile and won't make any apologies for it so though I hoped for the best, there was a little concern felt.
No, none of us were armed and even at the time I wished I was. Of course I am now and one of the two friends has his CCW in the channel and is just waiting for it to arrive. The other friend, though I would not call him an anti-gun person as such, is not pro-gun when it comes to his own involvement. Likewise, I see him to be a little more "trusting" of his fellow man.
Here are the three of us, with between the three of us, a good six to seven thousand dollars worth of probably easily fencable camera gear. The guy engaged us in conversation which we accommodated and he eventually went on his way. It turned out ok. The question I have had and have talked it over since with just my fellow gun liking friend is did we stand at any real risk or was the guy truly, as he claimed a repentant former lowlife. No, I'm not all that trusting of claims people may make as they can be manipulative with the goal of getting inside your guard. Did he size us up and have cause to question his risk with us? After all, he did not know that we were unarmed. Of course we will never know. Certainly my one friend and I will never be caught in a situation like that again unarmed.
And it is one more glaring proof that in spite of range based scenarios of accuracy practice at distances of 20 to 30 feet and beyond, here we were within almost arms reach of the guy. He came up to us. We didn't go to him.