Hello all. I am a bit new to this forum, but have been reading a TON of informative information. I have thought about this scenario, and how it could pertain to my life; also, what I would do.
Tuesday through Saturday I run/manage a computer shop. I am the only employee at the shop on most days. Lets assume that I've spoken to my boss, and he allowed carrying
in the shop for my own protection.
We generally do not deal with cash. It is mostly debit/credit cards or a check. We do have an inventory hanging on the wall of misc computer parts for building computers etc.
We have a few computers out on display. That's about the only inventory in the shop.
Onto the scenario:
What if one day I'm working, and I have a person that comes in, asks me a few computer questions, than demands that I hand over money. Well first off like I said, we do not carry
cash. Second, lets say he pulled a handgun out and pointed it my direction demanding cash. What would I do? Telling him we do not carry cash may irritate him. Should I wait for him to
leave? Should I let him know I am armed and prepare to display/fire my firearm? If I have the opportunity, should I display my weapon? Should I display my weapon and fire if his weapon
is still in my general direction? I tried playing the scenario out in my head
many different ways. From the way I see it, if my life was in imminent danger (which it would be), then displaying the firearm and being prepared to fire is the best solution. And I say
prepared because the 'robber' could potential flee after the firearm is displayed. I also understand that scenarios like this can change within a matter of seconds, but with what is being
played out here what would you guys do? For me, being prepared for anything is ideal. It's my life, there is no restart button.
Second scenario would be a knife being displayed instead of a firearm. Lets say he is on one side of the counter and I'm on the other (arms distance away). My life is still in danger, but
not as significant as the 'robber' having a firearm. In my eyes, it is NOT justified to display my firearm until he tried lunging at me with the knife/blade, or if he tried to come around the
other side of the counter to pursue me.
Any thoughts or input are greatly appreciated and as stated above, I know scenarios can change in the matter of seconds. Just looking for some input to be as prepared as possible.