If the day comes that you ever have to draw your firearm in self-defense, so many things will be happening in the moments after the incident. And sometimes, you could find yourself dissecting the situation to see –and make sure– that you did everything correctly.
In the heat of the moment, though, with the adrenaline storming through your system, we could potentially make bad decisions.
Reddit user ccwthrowaway11 posted his real-life scenario that seems to have played out sometime in the past few days. His story can be found here, as well as below. Let’s read it, analyze, and then share your thoughts in the comments section below.
How was the below situation handled, based on the information we have? Would you have done anything differently?
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Context: So I live in an apartment with my fiancee and happen to live directly above where my father lives with my two younger brothers. The middle brother (from now on: Doug) is a drug addict and is currently going through the court process, hopefully ending in some kind of rehab. Until that time arrives, his lifestyle choices have brought around many unsavorable characters and “friends.”
My dad is at work until later tonight, only my youngest brother (Charles) and my step mother were home.
I hear loud pounding on a door (not mine) from my apartment but don’t think much of it. About 3-4 min later I realize I’m still hearing the pounding.
I get up and throw my sig in my pocket holster and go check things out.
I walk downstairs to a stranger African-American (this is mostly a latino community, only reason I am mentioning race) that doesn’t appear to belong.
My youngest brother is at the door and the first thing he says when he sees me is “help!”
I ask the man what he wants. He claims Doug had apparently told him he would store his property for him and he could return at a later time to get it. He mentioned being homeless. At this point I let him know that Doug isn’t home and that if he truly had made such arrangements, he would have to come back at when Doug was home.
The man starts changing his body language into a more aggressive stance and asks “So you’re not going to let me get my property?”
At this point I am starting to feel uneasy about the situation. He had been holding a bicycle and had, at this point, put it down. He took a step towards me and got into what I consider my bubble.
I drew my (loaded but not one in the chamber, I had been home from work for a few hours already) weapon and reiterated my previous statement. His demeanor completely changed and he started begging. He continued this approach until I racked my sig and loaded one in the chamber.
He immediately turned around and got on his bike quick. I feel like I blacked out.
I walked back upstairs and was shaking for a little bit. Called my dad at work, called my fiancee, and went through the scenario in my head.
Blah. Comment what you will. Did I do wrong, did I do right? What would you have done? I’m genuinely interested. Did I just leave myself open to an attack later?
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There you have it. Chime in below with your thoughts.