Caleb asks some questions, knowing many of us carry. I’ll do my best to answer.
Youâ€™re eating at a restaurant with your family and a group of shooters burst in to the restaurant and light it up, Mumbai-style.
No choice. You have to return fire even if you think you’ll die. At worst you’ll delay the shooters long enough for your family and others to get away to safety. At best you save yourself.
You see a 3rd party being violently attacked and in clear threat of death or grievous bodily harm.
I believe you have a civic obligation to intervene. If you really believe in a universal citizen militia, I don’t see how you can believe otherwise. The entire idea of such a thing is that every citizen has an obligation to others, and towards the common peace.
You see a young mother having her child forcibly ripped away from her by an obvious bad man.
Same as above.Â But, the problem is:
Assume for the sake of argument that in all the above situations the bad guys are clear, the good guys are obvious, youâ€™re carrying your regular carry gun, and lethal force is clearly justified.
Almost nothing in the real world is ever that simple. When it comes to assisting third parties, you need to be supremely cautious. There are plenty of instances when it wouldn’t be so cut and dry. I’m going to get away from that situation, or just be a good witness for police. The real world is seldom so forgiving as the situations Caleb is gaming here.