We all know that once we get our permits, our attitudes change. We no longer fly off the handle or take offense for any silly thing and some of us have posted before along those lines. But I do believe the other attitude change is that we stop reacting like victims if we detect danger.
Last night coming from work I went by the drive-thru of Miami Subs. Those that do not know this franchise, they advertise that they only prepare your order when you arrive, no prepacked meals set up. One drawback is your order takes time and you are sitting in your car waiting and waiting. There has been a couple of robberies in the past at different Miami Subs drive thrus with one ending up in the killing of a customer inside her car.
I had ordered my food and was waiting behind another car and as I waited, I kept a constant scanning of the area paying particular attention to my rear view mirrors. All of the sudden I catch on my side mirror one guy peeking from behind the building and hidding real quick. My alarms went off and I carefully drew my gun and kept it outside the view from anybody that might be watching. Did another scan to see if anybody else was giving me any undue attention at that time (minutes before midnight) and returned my attention to the side mirror. The guy was again peeking and I just stared back at him via the mirror. I saw him realizing that I was looking straight at him and he came out from the corner, moved back a couple of steps, turned around and left. By this time the car in front of me had moved so I advanced to the window, paid, got my order and warned the kid who gave me my food that a suspicious looking character was right behind his shop and might want to call the cops. I left the area and headed home.
I do believe it was the attitude I presented that made the guy think and decide I was not a target... if his intentions were not peaceful. I analyzed myself and found out that I was not angry or particulary scared, somewhat nervous yes but I mostly felt insulted: "How dare you think of me as easy pickins'?" and I guess it showed enough to defuse a possible situation.