Why can't I exit my car gun in hand if I feel threatened?
Rather than hijacking another thread, I want to ask this separately. Here is a link to the other thread for reference... - http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ad.php?t=33053
My question is this - if it is OK to answer your door at home with a handgun in hand, say with it either behind your back or hidden from view behind your leg, why is it not OK to get out your car, gun in hand in the same manner, when confronted by a clearly agitated person, whose intentions are entirely unclear to you?
For those that have read the above referenced thread, I don't want to argue whether or not Mr. Gumm should or should not have gotten out of the car - that discussion is already happening in the original thread. I also don't want to limit the discussion to the parameters of the original thread, i.e. Mr. Gumm is an older, not-very-mobile guy, confronted by a drunk driver high on meth. For the sake of this discussion, lets assume that the armed driver is me - mid-thirties, male, decent size, not trained or confident in any hand-to-hand situations, confronted by another driver who either I have pissed of (say by accidentally cutting them off), or is pissed off / agitated for some unknown reason.
Posts in the referenced thread seem to indicate that exiting a vehicle, gun in hand, is a no-no pretty much no matter what. Why is that? If I have a reasonable fear for my life or safety, being approached by an unknown person, how can it be anything other than a good idea to revert back to my Boy Scout training and "be prepared" by having my lawfully-carried gun in hand?
Again, since this is me in this situation & not Mr. Gumm from the referenced thread, lets assume that my gun, while in hand, is still hidden & not pointed at the person coming toward me...