I was driving to my lady friend’s house last evening. (Still light.) I have driven this many times. It is not the best neighborhood with lots of seed looking characters but I have never had any trouble.
I was in my car. Doors locked, windows up. I was carrying my gun at 5 o’clock so it was not exactly in the most easily accessible condition. I was at a stop light. I will admit, I was boxed in more than I like. I normally do not do that in this neighborhood but traffic was a bit on the heavier side. At the corner were probably 6 or so gang types. They were walking away from my vehicle moving forward. All of a sudden, one of the guys turns around and starts running back very fast. He kinda sorta was running in the general direction of my car, but never really committed himself. He did look like he had a definite purpose to his movements. At this point the light turns green. The person in front of me just sits there, not moving. I am screaming in my head, “MOVE!” but nothing. I didn’t want to toot my horn as it didn’t seem appropriate given the possible situation. Then, the guy just stops, turns to his friends and starts laughing and joking around. Now the car in front of me starts to move. Ugh.
I keep thinking, what would I have done had this guy started banging on my passenger side door, or pulled a gun on me, or did something else “unfriendly”. I really couldn’t drive away. My gun was NOT easily accessible. And even if it were, there were 6 of them and only one of me. Just didn’t seem like a good situation to be in.
Lessons learned. I need a way to have a gun more readily available while I drive. I also need to constantly think of escape maneuvers at stop lights. Also, maybe find another route to drive and/or have my lady friend move.