I received the following as an email from USCCA, and there was no particular commentary on it (the sender was quoting a story promoting concealed carry).
This sounds like it may have been OK: an intruder in your hotel room with a look that spoke "trouble" could be the author's way of saying "I was in fear for my life!" ...I guess....I stopped in the lobby to get a cup of coffee and then headed across the lawn to my room on the inner courtyard. This was long before any teaching on awareness level but I would have classified myself that night as condition 'white'.
As I walked I was slightly surprised by a man who came up on my right and started up a conversation. We said a few words and then I continued to my room, opened the door and went in to put my coffee down. As I put it down it dawned on me that the door had not shut. I turned to push it closed and found the man I had talked with standing in my room with a look that spoke 'trouble'.
Instinctively, I reached back, drew my pistol and pointed it right at his chest. The click of the safety coming off sounded loud in the room. Before I could say a word, his demeanor changed and he blurted out, "I think I'm in the wrong room". He turned, grabbed the door handle and was gone.
I was stunned and it took me several minutes to calm down.
This one, however, sure seems to me like plain-and-simple brandishing, and could have landed the fellow in a fair amount of trouble. Am I seeing this correctly?Three weeks later, in a Memphis, Tennessee hotel room, I was awakened around midnight by someone knocking loudly on the door. As I looked through the peephole I saw a woman dressed in an open blouse and skin tight shorts. In very seductive language she implied that I had asked her up for a good time.
This time my awareness jumped immediately to orange. I retrieved my pistol from the bedside table. On a hunch I went to the other side of the room and peered out of the window from around the curtain. A huge man stood in front of the window with a baseball bat in his hand, waiting for me to open the door.
I pulled the curtain back enough for the man to see me hold up the pistol and again snap off the safety. His eyes got very big, but he showed no fear. He walked up to the woman grabbed her arm and they simply walked off. In both cases I reported the incident to the hotel management.
Both apologized and said that sort of thing just never happens in their hotel. I wasn't convinced and went home and asked my boss for a larger daily hotel allowance.
I'm considerably older now but as I look back on those experiences I can see that was the time that I got serious about protecting myself and my family.
By the way, my late father-in-law was robbed in that same Memphis hotel a month later.
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