Shooting to stop kidnapping
In light of young Jessica Ridgeway's disappearance, and unfortunate discovery of a yet-to-be identified body last night just a few miles from my house, I pose the following scenario:
It’s 6:30 pm on Saturday evening. Dusk is beginning, and your kids are out playing in the front yard. Despite your admonishments, they still have not come in for dinner. As you open your front door, the first screams echo in your breezeway. Thinking somebody crashed their bike, you hurry around the garage to the following horrifying sight.
Two houses down, your 6 year old son is standing in the middle of the street screaming and crying. About twenty feet from him an older model sedan is stopped slightly skewed towards the curb. You clearly make out a middle aged man finish forcing your 10 year old daughter into the backseat of the car. Another man serves as the driver, and begins to pull away as soon as the doors shut. Instinctively, you have already covered most of the distance to the car, but you will not be able to catch it.
Your thoughts immediately turn to the pocket carry Model 37 snub in your cargo shorts. Do you engage the driver/engine/tires of the car? Does the threat of wounding or killing your child outweigh the horrible evil danger they are already in? Should you just take note of the license plate number and attempt to following in your own vehicle while calling 911?