Right there either you or your girlfriend should have been dialing 911.
Originally Posted by Florida
Not the best move, but understandable - not wanting to be trapped in my vehicle, still have an opportunity to diffuse the situation.
So i get out of the car...
Good choice of words, might have added that it was the McD's that was making a career of taking my order.
...and we're standing about 10 yards from each other and I say "look man I don't know what your problem is but I think you need to get in your car and leave".
Waaaayyyyy too late. Tuller drill, look it up. The average person can close a 21' (7 yards) distance in 1.5 seconds. The average CC person that gets regular practice can get drawn and on target in 2.0. Your GF really should have been on the phone with 911 by now.
...Which apparently only further irritated him. He them pulled about an eight inch blade from his pocket and started speed walking torwards me. (p.s. i'm only 21 and just got my CWP about 4 months ago) As he gets about 5 yards from my I draw my weapon...
This is your first massive irresponsible and stupid move. Sorry, I call it as I see (read) it.
... and tell him if he takes one more step I will fire. He immediately folded his knife up, put it in his pocket and walked back to his car. I didn't call the cops,
Second epic fail, leaving the scene of a crime...
I just got in my car and left.
NOT a laughing matter...period.
It was a scary thought and never really hit me, even though I know I will defend myself with lethal force if need be, that for the couple of seconds where my weapon was drawn that I might actually have to shoot someone. That's it lol,
Reality check. You are 21. Time to man up and seriously take a long hard look at your attitude towards people, life, and conflict. You chose to take responsibility for the safety of you and yours by obtaining your CC and carrying a gun. Good for you.
Originally Posted by Florida
This is not a testosterone booster shot. This is a slow down, think, pride snuffing inoculation.
Absolutely, and as noted previously and repeatedly, drive away. If you seriously think that conflict avoidance is "un-manly" then you need to STOP carrying your gun, and lock your permit away until you can grasp the gravity of the responsibilities involved in carrying and potentially using your weapon.
but come on when you were 21 and someone challanged you a fight did you just roll up your windows and call the police?
Your CC is the last tool you ever deploy in the most dire of circumstances. NOT an ace in the hole during a challenge. You may have the legal right to stand your ground, but I guarantee you, in a situation like this, as you described it, you and your lawyer will have a very hard time justifying that in court.
I do hope you stick around here and do some reading on other threads and topics. There is much to learn here.