This happened to me a little over 11 years ago in the People's Republick of Kalifornia. I was newly married (6mo.) and was a youth pastor at a church. I took my group to Sacramento for a conference. Because of the large crowds of teenagers, the only place we could find not crowded was a Burger King which was attached to a Bus Stop. We went in and got in line, and my guys went through the line and sat down to eat. My wife and I were still in line when a scary looking homeless dude walks up to some of my kids and started bothering and threatening them. I proceeded to get involved by asking if there was a problem and the guy walked over to me and my wife. He was probably 4-5 feet away from me. He started to verbally threaten my wife and me, saying that he was going to kill us with his knife. As he is saying this, he is patting himself as if he was looking for a weapon. He was wearing an OD green field jacket. During this situation, I tried to reason with the fellow, but to no avail.
Of course, I didn't have a CCW back then, and have recently remembered this event, and was wondering how this situation could've/should've been played out if I was carrying a weapon.
The man did verbally threaten to kill us with a knife, but he never pulled a knife on us. I have shortened this as best as I can but still trying to cover the important details. The whole thing played out for somewhere between 5-10 minutes. This really happened, but I've been replaying this situation in my mind this week from a different perspective as a concealed carry person now. So we must assume for this that I'm now a CCW and what is the proper action for a CCW in this same/similar situation. Thanks.