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by Soccerdad1995
Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Never Again!!
Topic: Close call almost had to draw
Replies: 63
Views: 5063

Re: Close call almost had to draw

LucasMcCain wrote:I realize that it is easy to make judgments about the actions of others after the fact and say that we would have acted differently. However, I had an encounter recently while carrying on my motorcycle where someone was extremely inflammatory and insulting to me despite my having done nothing wrong. He yelled at me, cussed me out, flipped me off, and claimed to have called the cops on me. Before I got my LTC, I would have responded in kind. Because I had an openly carried Glock on my hip, I was polite and simply stated that I had done nothing illegal. I then watched him until he drove away and I could be sure that he was not a threat to my well-being. As someone else suggested, I smiled and waved and made sure that the multitude of witnesses present would be able to say that I didn't do anything insulting or threatening in any way, should the jerk decide to escalate the situation. I then altered my route to try to make sure I didn't encounter him again at a light further down the road. When carrying, I always want to make sure that I am viewed as the "good guy" in any confrontation. The idea that "I shouldn't have to take any flak from people because I have a gun" is the wrong mindset. My attitude is "I don't need to have the last word or respond to insults with insults, because I have a gun."
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I had a similar situation a few weeks ago while I was driving to an IDPA match. A guy trying to merge into my lane almost hit my car. I was in his blind spot so I gave a quick tap on my horn. He ended up getting behind me, tailgating, then sped up, jumped in front of me and hit his brakes hard, all while flipping me off. I did what I always do in these situations. I got out of there.

I slowed down to create space, then took the next exit and sat in a parking lot for 5 minutes. When I got back on the freeway, the guy was long gone. Should I have had to delay my trip to evade this jerk? No. Did I have every right to get mad and flip him off as well? I guess so. But here's the thing. My primary objective at that moment was to end that encounter with no one hurt (including the other guy). I accomplished that objective. So I'll call that a win.

In the OP's case, a simple smile and a "thanks, have a nice day", may have lessened the possible likelihood that he would have to draw. Versions of this scenario will play out many, many times over the course of our lifetimes. Doing everything we possibly can do to de-escalate things from the get go may not matter all that much in most encounters, but it could make all the difference in the world in that one case where the other guy has severe anger issues, is armed, and just caught his wife with his best friend.

I once heard a line in a movie (I think) that sums it up pretty well. "The only way to win a fight is to not be there when it happens."
by Soccerdad1995
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Never Again!!
Topic: Close call almost had to draw
Replies: 63
Views: 5063

Re: Close call almost had to draw

cirus wrote:Everyone says they would do this or that or the op should have done this or that. Until your faced with the situation you don't know what you would do. Quit being so judgemental.
I usually agree with your sentiment.

But in this case, the OP asked for the opinions of forum members. I am going to take him at his word and say that he actually wants to hear our opinions.
by Soccerdad1995
Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Never Again!!
Topic: Close call almost had to draw
Replies: 63
Views: 5063

Re: Close call almost had to draw

TexasTornado wrote:
o b juan wrote:why do new posters ask the question?

Almost had to draw?

Have occasionally had some in class that Had the shoot scenario thrown out to class by someone.. The are usually tryng to get attention and show they are MACHO. Very similair to the guys who just have to OC so they can see the fear in someones eyes.
I let them talk and then shut them down trying not to embarise them
I do not understand the continual slamming of those who choose to OC that takes place on this forum.

I understand that OC may not be your cup of tea, but saying that people "OC so they can see the fear in someones eyes," makes you sound presumptuous and judgemental. JMHO.
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