Again, my opinion is based on my training and knowledge of the laws in Minnesota which I'm sure are quite different than Georgia, Texas, Virginia, etc.
But I stand by my opinion based on this happening here... I would not risk my family living on the street because of a decision I made to play hero. If my family was inside the store then my tune changes, my goal is to keep them safe.
Choosing to be around for my kids does not make me a coward, I'm still helping by being a good witness and dialing 911 from a safe location, where I will go home - alive.
Even if you would consider it a cowardly move, I really don't care. I'm not a cop, I'm not trained in these situations, and I don't have the legal and financial backing of the state to handle it for me if things to wrong.