Second time I had to use my firearm to prevent a fatal outcome or visit the local Authorities. I was taking my K9 out about 2:00AM because she became ill, I did remember to grab my Model 36 and through it in my pocket I rushed her out and was massaging her tummy when I heard a noise from behind us (not aware of my surroundings, Big Mistake!, I had walked into a drug deal taking place but was paying more attention to the one that cares for me, One of the outstanding druggies reached down attempting to stab my dog cutting me in my left peck with a scaple, the second swipe cut my abdomen just missing my liver by 1/16 of an inch, whhile still doing my best to protect my extremely sick pup from attacking and most iikley killed I was able to grasp my revolver, they saw the flash of the laser and I heard 1 yell get out of here, by the time my firearm was in a position to safely fire they were 20 + feet away running with their backs toward me, SHOOT OR DON'T SHOOT, though I was cut severely the situation had de-esculated and though I most likely would of been cleared by a jury the only choice by Law was don't Shoot, and you have less than a few seconds to choose, do I fire possibly injuring or killing one or both or do I save $100,000.00 in leagle fees or time in jail because I new the immeadiate danger had passed and called mobil 911 who responded within 3 minutes. You must remember to carry is a privledge and shooting a person in the back as they are running away does not put you in eminent danger or life or lim. I am fine my pup is fine and the responding authorities simply stated that very few would have had the thought process down to know that they would have had to take me in for possible homicide or 2nd degree for using my firearm not for self defense but to get even. I am a Certified NRA Instructor and I cannot preach enough to practice, and know the Law, You must know when to shoot and when not to. Remember you have a second if luckey to make all the decissions I made to prevent myself from becoming a criminal. Welcome to California. Shooting at a piece of paper once enough is not practice, Join the IDPA or USPSA or NRA and know your rights. In 40 plus years carrying this was the first time I set myself up to be a victim either by the criminal or the Authorities. Spend a day in your local court housse and see what really happens when you are in front of the attorney, the judge and the bleeding hearts that don't feel we have the right to protect our family or maybe YOU.