Overreaction or Not? That is the question.
I've just recently applied for my SC CWP, so I don't carry concealed yet. Even if I had my permit, I was in Georgia, just across the river from my house, when I had an Orange almost Red event, so my situation wouldn't have differred.
My family and I decided to go out to one of the best little Italian joints in Augusta, Ga. This restaurant has been in the same spot for more than 40 years and over these years, that section of the old downtown has become overrun with strip clubs, seedy bars and homeless people.
My wife, 2-month-old son and I drove in one car and her parents and my 3-year-old son were in another. We arrived first and got seats. I sat my wife and baby down then went outside to wait on the others.
Two doors down, at a hole-in-the-wall bar, an obviously drunk homeless guy was ranting at another obviosly drunk homeless guy "MF" this and "MF" that and "I'll kill you MF!" And he threw a beer bottle into the street.
During this, my son and inlaws arrived and I escorted them inside and sat down. My son asked "Why was that man yelling?" I told him that he was drunk and angry.
Five minutes later, the guy was in front of the restaurant yelling and swearing. One of the owner's daughters went outside and told him to leave because there were small children inside and they could hear him yelling. He turned to go, and the lady walked inside. As soon as the door shut, he turned and started for the door.
I immediately jumped up and met him at the door and blocked him from entering. Her husband joined me at the door and I asked him if he had a problem, then I told him he needed to leave. He kept saying to me, "MF, you gonna get hit." I told him to leave again, or he could leave in an ambulance. He turned and walked away, mumbling "You gonna get hit, you gonna get hit..."
The situation was diffused fairly quickly, and I sat back down with my family. What gets me is that we were the only two who even noticed the guy turn around and head for the door.
And what concerns me to no end is that my wife kept yelling at me to sit down that I was escalating things. She had no clue that the situation escalated as soon as I saw him throw that beer bottle into the street, and second when he turned toward the woman in the restaurant.
Needless to say, as we checked out, the woman thanked me for my help, and we walked to our car unassaulted. But don't think I didn't have my tactical folder in my hand under the leftovers, and as soon as I got the car unlocked, my Glock was in my belt.
Did I overreact? Should I be concerned about carrying?
My wife (a psychologist) still won't talk to me rationally about it. Go figure.
Let me know what you think.