Tough question. Since I am an average citizen and not a profesional warrior I find it useful to study actual situations and critically examine my own behavior and readiness in similar situations. An example that came to mind again lately is...
I'm standing in line to meet a Congresswomen. I notice an individual wearing an over coat on a warm day. He cuts in line and is told by the Congressmen's staff to move to the end of the line which he does. Then he walks quickly back to the front where he draws a pistol, shoots the Congresswoman and then starts shooting people in the crowd. I ask myself would I have been aware enough to notice and be concerned about the guy in the over coat? Would I have been watching him when he drew and responded by 'engaging' him myself? How long would I have hesitated? Would I have even gone so far as to follow him forward in the line just to be closer if he got violent?
There are others, real situations that I think demand our attention, study and consideration because even though every situation is different there are elements of each situation that if they are programmed in may cause the 'hesitation' to be a critical second shorter.
Now, with that out of the way..I have a special request for you dben...Feel free to refer to me any way you desire, but Top or Shirt is the appropriate response to my earned position...IF you prefer Sarge, and it makes you feel good, so be it. I am NOT your Son... And for the record, IF you've served, then I'll accept your condescending attitude to a point... As for your obvious other misunderstandings of military protocol, others have already pointed it out
Be safe Sir...
I do train, both physically and mentally, and I believe I would engage if the situation called for it, but I can't say for sure until (unless) I am faced with it.
Guys at least think about actually pulling the trigger before the fight because once the fight is happening my will not have time to think, just to do.