First off, didn't you have to take a training course in order to get your CWL? That course SHOULD have taught you that ANY time you pull your weapon, you need to call the police and make a report in order to keep from losing not only some money, but your freedom, your guns, and anything else you value. If the course didn't teach you even the basics of carrying (obviously it didn't or you wouldn't have exited your vehicle in order to continue the confrontation) then the instructor needs to be reprimanded by whoever is in charge of deciding who is and isn't approved to teach the classes. Part of carrying a lethal weapon is knowing HOW to avoid confrontation, knowning WHEN to simply walk away, and having the ability to swallow your pride and let the other person think he won. As long as you and your family go home safe, you're the real winner. Even a small mistake when carrying can have life changing (or life ending) consequences.
I get it. I should have called the cops. I'm 21, just started carrying, never thought I'd actually have to pull it. You guys are missing the entire point of the post. I've never been happier to have decided to start carrying. It saved me from possible great injury/death. Assured me that me and the girl I love were protected. This was me sharing an event that happened to me where it proved it's essential to carry a weapon. I appreciate the constructive critism, I myself knew after I should have called the police. Look at the bright side. Going to sleep, night.