roseblood wrote:I can't read that link at work (stupid web block), but the more I read the codes, the more I see civil liability can be easily attached in defense of a third party.
Certainly. Outside of your property, you have no special protection from civil suits, or from criminal prosecution for that matter.
Intervening in third-party situations is about the riskiest possible scenario, because you can't be sure you understand what's going on. A shady-looking kid runs into a convenience store waving a gun and points it at the cashier. You shoot, then find out the gun was fake, the cashier was the kid's buddy and it was all a joke. It's easy to come up with dozens of similar situations where the obvious thing to do is the wrong thing to do. That shouldn't necessarily matter, if a reasonable person would have arrived at the same conclusion you did and responded as you did.
For this reason, many people decide that their firearm is only for the protection of themselves and their loved ones. Personally, I think I'm willing to take the personal risk to defend others... when I'm sufficiently certain of what's going on. But that's a question everyone has to decide for themselves, and you can't really know what you'll do unless you find yourself having to make the call.