As a person who is carrying a concealed handgun for personal protection; there are several questions you need to have considered and answered before you are faced with a decision.
Can you shoot a person which has a high probability of causing serious injury or death? This is probably the most important question that you will need to have that answer to. Unless you are a sociopath, taking the life of another is repulsive and we as people will instinctively avoid this final action. And rightly so. In his essay “Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs”; Grossman observes:
…there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.“– David Grossman
You will have to examine yourself and settle this question. You will need to consider your religious, personal, and moral convictions. Because your final assessment will be the basis on what your plan will be if placed in a position to defend yourself.
Do you choose to get involved, or do you have to get involved? Have you set boundaries or rules of when, what, and where you will act or not act? If your family and you can escape safely without engaging the threat, will you do that? It is not cowardly, if you and your family can flee a situation safely without incurring the risk of injury and death. I have set up my rules and boundaries that reflect who is the most important people in my life. I have set my boundaries of acting only if my life or that of my family are under immediate threat. If I can flee a situation safely, I am taking that option. What about the other people in the situation, you may ask? Everyone has the same ability as me to have made a conscious decision to take steps to have the tools with them to defend themselves or their loved ones. I have no obligation to them. If by my actions to protect my loved ones and myself results in the collateral protection of them, that is what it is.
There are no laws that I am aware of that requires a citizen to get involved in anyone’s fight.
The best fights are the ones we avoid.“– Jackie Chan
If you choose to get involved, the risk of injury or death is greater than zero. In other words, you cannot be guaranteed of not being injured or killed.
The importance of having these questions answered before you are put into a position you don’t want to be is very important.
All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.“– Edmund Burke