Should you draw your gun as a back up?

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    Should you draw your gun as a back up?

    Not sure why I thought this up, but I would like some opinions. This has not happened, but I am just trying to think through various scenarios.

    I am a software contractor. Say I am at a customer site and meeting with a few people in a large conference room. I am carrying, but since I am not an employee, I don't even bother to ask if it is OK to carry on the premises so I am not even sure of the official policy. (Different thread) All of a sudden a "disgruntled" former employee bursts into the room with a very large knife and threatens to kill the manager who "fired" him. Everyone moves to make some distance. In the meantime, some one else in the room pulls his gun and takes control of the situation. He yells in a command voice to the disgruntled man to drop the knife. The guy is not obeying and starts making threatening gestures and moves.

    At this point you have not drawn your weapon. That one guy seems to be have taken the lead in this situation. Do you draw your weapon as a back up?
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    In that sort of situation, it would be very easy for the guy with the already drawn gun to see yours and assume you are a threat.

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    It's hard to tell what I would do in that situation, but I do know my thought patterns and I think that my thoughts would be:

    1) Maintain distance discreetly (meaning no quick moves) and preferably move with my back to the wall so nobody else can see my weapon.

    2) Untuck my cover garment and free the butt of my gun (I carry IWB at the 4:00 position)

    3) Rotate my body, so the knife perp can't see it the weapon (and nobody else hopefully)

    4) Then I would let the first person that drew their gun run the show. I would not commit to clearing leather unless the unstable employee started to come around to my side of the room

    Sounds good on paper...huh? I'd probably have wet my pants too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    In that sort of situation, it would be very easy for the guy with the already drawn gun to see yours and assume you are a threat.
    agreed, while the other guy has the situation under control no, if somehow the situation started getting dangerous for anyone but the BG, yes.
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    I doubt very seriously that he employee with the gun drawn would mistake you as a threat if you too drew your weapon, pointed it at the person with the knife and repeated the command for him to drop the knife.

    If the person with the knife was not responding to the employee who had already drawn down on him, maybe a second weapon, placed in a position to give him no room to manuver away from the employee with the gun drawn would be some incentive to back down, drop the knife and comply with orders.

    Maybe not, I guess I would have to be there, but there is a strong possibility I would be backing up he guy with the gun.
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    I would have to say NO.
    It would be best to run for cover in a situation such as this as a defensive measure. Call the police.
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    For the lack of a better way to say it, you have no idea how "skilled" the other person with the gun is. He may freeze up if charged by the knife holder....Then the crazy guy now has a knife and gun....He may decide to shoot at the charging suspect and miss all of his shots.

    I don't see why it would be a bad idea to draw as well. This way if things go south with the other guy who drew his weapon, you would be ready to take control.
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    If the company has a strict no weapons policy, you could be in trouble even if you did stop a threat.

    You have no idea of the background or the weapon specs of the disgruntled employee. He could have a military background, which can put you at a major disadvantage if you pull a gun on him. If the BG is wearing level 3 body armor and has an automatic weapon, you could have an issue on your hands.

    Cops arrive at the same time when you have drawn your weapon and they don't know who the BG is.

    You have to use your best judgement and react in such a situation.
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    distance from BG to other guy with gun? A guy with a knife can still take out a guy with a gun...even if it's mutually assured destruction. Many variations on specifics, but around my workplace, I'd be backing up the non-crazed coworker. If the BG charges, there is an increased chance of him going down before he sticks somone. Not that it matters, since I'm an unarmed sheep around here. (OK, never a sheep, but armed only with the tools I was born with, and sometimes a flashlight)
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    First of all, stay away from meetings at a U.S. Post Office...

    That said, a meeting where violence is about to take place is certainly going to have lots of 'flowing adrenaline'...so voice your concerns and movements.
    It sounds to me like someone is going to get hurt, and if you have no way to exit, you need to defend youself.
    Hopefully, the first individual with a weapon will use it appropriately.

    Question: If you were armed, trapped in a meeting, and attacked by an individual with a knife, why didn't you already have your gun out as quickly as the first individual (GG in the meeting) had his out?
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    I would draw. If nothing else, just to back up GG#1. Think if the situation were reversed. A little insurance in that situation would feel pretty good.
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    Since someone else has already drawn a gun and apparently has the situation covered, I'd say keep your hand on your gun, but don't draw. If the knife wielding person continues and the other carrier does not stop the threat you may be forced to. As someone else mentioned, presenting you gun in a tense situation may be perceived as a threat by the other armed employee and get you shot.

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    Move to a safe firing position, watch knife boy, and see what happens. I would not draw unless forced too...
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    Maintain concealment

    I'd say that since the BG is alone (did not take a hostage to take cover behind) and everyone has moved away, then 1 gun vs. one knife is great odds for the fella that already has him covered. So I wouldn't draw, but make sure I am in a position to do so if needed and aware of where the bullets would be traveling if they go through the BG or miss all together.

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