If faced with an armed person - there is bound to be -even briefly I think - the thought. ''Will he - won't he'' - shoot that is.
If I am faced with a gun in my face I will have to assume it is - a) real, b) loaded, and c) Gonna go bang! I thusly would respond accordingly.
However, some BGs it seems, looking back over histories, are not too smart. They have a quaint notion that brandishing a piece guarantees compliance. So it might be, with some victims but - I think we are different.
Far as I am concerned, if someone with something that even looks like a gun - BB or real - is ''in my face'' I have to assume the worst. Cops have this same dilemma and anyone thinking that a dummy or BB can be determined from distance and in a stress situation is planning a Darwin meeting!!
I cannot fathom why even when fake guns are used - a perp' does not instantly when challenged - lay down the piece and comply - unless of course they have chosen suicide by cop! I never, even as a good guy, want to be seen holding my piece by a cop!
I do tho just hope I never have to err and think a cell phone is a gun - but there again - it just could be. The time for analysis will most probably be brief - very brief. That behoves us to be careful - very careful. Do we - don't we, shoot, that is?
It is to be hoped none here ever have to be in this dilemma.