hmm......In a crowd? No family to protect? Nope, not a good place to fire a gun. Not even in the air, as it will come down somewhere. If a loved one is threatened though, that is a different story.
A gun in the face? Well, I'd need to actually experience it to find out what I would do, but most likely I'd surrender my wallet. Let us hope that I never have the need to find out what I'd really do.
Statistically, murders are way down in Richmond since no parole went into effect. The really bad guys are going to our new prisons and staying there. However, the level of robberies at banks, fast food places, mall parking lots is way up. This current trend is a result of felons looking for easier pickings in the suburbs.
The banks and stores have policies of no resistance which encourages this, and police on TV likewise advise people to be passive. And of couse, people insist on going to automated tellers late at night. Too many people are very nieve!
Personnally, I think the police should encourage everyone to carry.Felons should think everyone has a weapon. Advise against being sheep. It would not be long before felons were all moving to safer and friendlier climates.
Late last year, a citizen stopped a robbery of someone he did not know by going after the bad guy with the handgun he had with him. He stopped the man and had him lay on the ground. He was quickly surrounded by a group of young angry males, initially uninvolved, and had to threaten to use his gun to keep them at bay and protect the victim, himself, and hold on to the ne'er do well. Police came barely in time to control the situation. The good samaritan then was taken in for firing his gun..............
The public support was so overwhelming that the chief of police got on TV/radio and stated that there was a 'misunderstanding' and no charges would be filed against the good samaritan. We need more of this.
At jewelry stores in the area it is likely all employees are armed. A pair of robbers from out of state did not know this and attempted a robbery of one such store two years ago. They both died in a hail of gun fire from the employees. So, banks get robbed in daylight, but jewelry stores do not.
Oh well, off of the soapbox.