When Can You Pull Your Gun?
March 25, 2016
There is one question that crosses every concealed carrier’s mind. When is the right time to pull your gun? Since we are growing together with the firearms community, we notice some of the most shocking and unbelievable circumstances, sometimes it occurs during the daily routine in life, for example going to the grocery store.
Like today, on my Facebook news feed, I saw a video about fights breaking out in the middle of a Costco here in my own home town. The fight in the video was very fast, it was brutal, this kind of situation can often happen. During the video play, I’m wondering, what if one of them is carrying a gun or a weapon?
What if one of the kids around them got caught in the fight and injured?
Is it okay to break up an altercation by pulling your gun?
As a concealed carrier, would you like to get involved in the altercation and try to break up the fight? In my opinion, I’d like to do the right thing, break up the fight. I don’t want to give complete 2/5 any of these adults’ access to my firearm, that’s unthinkable to happen.
After watching the video, I don’t feel that it is extreme enough to draw my gun on either of the adults fight. So my life is not in danger. In the first place, bystanders are gathering around that I need to consider before drawing my gun.
In conclusion, at this point, I wouldn’t pull my firearm and I don’t want to put myself in the middle of the fight. But, I would rather call the police and ensure that the situation didn’t escalate any further.
How about if you are involved in a physical altercation?
A question of when to pull or draw your gun when you are involved in a similar altercation always exist. Let’s make the same situation as an example. A fellow patron is harassing you in the store. He is aggressive and don’t want to calm down regarding with the matter. The situation turns physical, you need to consider when and how you are going to draw your gun. Are you going to wait until fear for your life or draw the line as soon as possible?
Each one of us is very different from others. Everyone has different levels of skills when it comes to handling guns. If you are confident with your skills with man to man combat, your biggest concern should fall to not hurt your opponent too badly. You also need to consider having a distance between you and the attacker.
If you are subjected to any physical assault and you are not confident with your skills, your main concern should be on how to put distance between you and the perpetrator, this is to prevent them from having an access to your firearm.
Once you achieved the distance and your opponent continue to attack you and you feel your life is threatened, it is now the time for you to decide whether you are going to use your firearm or not. But, you need to remember that you are also responsible for how you are going to use your firearm. Similar to the recent example in Spokane, Washington. A man intervened in an altercation just to get sucked into one. Then, he was beat up pretty bad. The attacker decided to leave, the victim pulled his gun and shot the opponent in the back. From a justifiable self-defense, it turns out to straight up manslaughter.
Achieving some distance between the two of you is paramount. The space can give some room to pull a gun, especially when needed, it can also be the chance for someone to act and de-escalate the situation.
Finally, you need to avoid from getting involved in other people’s business, especially when you are carrying a concealed gun. Much better to call the police. If you get into any physical altercation, you need to fight in order to get distance from your opponent. If he continue to reach you, then it’s time for you to decide whether pulling your concealed carry gun or not.