De-escalating confrontations while carrying
So I was listening to the radio today and heard something about road rage and it got me thinking about confrontations where even though you try your hardest to stay away from bad areas, you find yourself face to face with "Francis" from Stripes, a total hot head who's completely overreacting to a situation. e.g.:
He rear ends you and goes off the handle
Glancing at his girlfriend
Asking him to go behind you instead of cutting ahead of you in line
You accidentally cut him off because he was in your blind spot
You start out by trying to de-escalate the situation by saying "look, whatever it was, it was an accident", or "let's just move on", "let's calm down" whatever but, he won't drop it and gets more irate and shouting with you, probably even getting your temper up with his attitude. Problem is that if he keeps persisting, you might be tempted or even forced to draw/shoot but again, nothing here is life threatening yet.
Is it ever appropriate to tell Francis you're armed and "we should really just part ways"? The goal is to make sure the situation never gets to the lethal level as I would imagine you'd have a hell of a time defending yourself in court.
Humans are the only animal on earth that turns toward danger.
First rule of jiu jitsu "No challenge, No resistance, No injury" :blackeye:
On the road, let him get next to you, or in front of you, and then either pull over and stop, or take the exit. Either way he will probably keep going. I had one idiot one time that actually stopped on the highway, and backed up. But then he took off again.
In person, walk away. If he steps in front of you, or approaches you, say in a real loud voice. "Hey, I don't want any trouble". If he takes action defend yourself. The onlookers will testify that he started it, and you told him you didn't want any trouble.
Second rule of Jiu Jitsu " Strike your opponent before he strikes you" :twak: