Paul· Premium Member
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Tuesday night my wife and I watched a Dateline special where they set up certain situations and with hidden cameras watched how people responded. The one that I found most interesting was 3 teenage boys "bum bashing" where they pick on or beat up a local bum on the street. They were doing this in the middle of the day in plain view to everyone. They had different scenarios one of which included the boys using a fake rubber bat (to not hurt the bum actor) and were actually hitting the bum with the bat. There were a bunch of people that came to the defense of the bum. What I got thinking about is what would I do in that situation. I am certain I would go over and intervene. The question I wondered about is what would I do if I were carrying (which I would be) and how would I deal with the situation. I am observing what to me appears to be a felony assault. I would definetely go into the situation without my gun drawn and I would probably only draw if I started to feel threatened personally....if the kids came after me with the bat my gun would come out. I would hope that I could verbally chase the kids off but if that didn't work quickly what would I do? I did wonder what the consequences would be if as I was telling the teenagers to back off if I switched from concealed carry to open carry. I would do this making sure that the punk kids saw my gun. Not drawing it, but revealing it so I was now in an open carry situation. I can't decide if this would be a good way to make it clear you weren't messing around or if it would just lead to trouble. 3 punk kids make me nervous because they are so stupid you don't know what they are going to do. I believe legally I would be within the law as I am intervening to prevent a violent felony (assault) but I really am not sure. I also thought that maybe it would be best to go into open carry before you entered the situation. What do you guys think and how would you respond?