100 percent correct<quoted text>Anybody who takes a course for CCW is trained to look "downrange" before firing a gun.
The point I make about that situation unlikely to happen in my state is not because the driver would have gunned down the attackers, but because the criminals would have to suspect that he had a firearm. They would have to consider that the driver could very well be armed and launching such an attack could easily get themselves killed.
It reminds me of a debate I was having with another blogger when the legislatures introduced the CCW law. He asked why I wanted it to pass? I explained that besides the obvious, I worry about my mother. She never drove a car in her life and walks everywhere she can. She loves her walks to the church, the store, grocery shopping and the neighbors. The neighborhood isn't what it used to be. He then replied asking that if the law passed, would my elderly mother carry a firearm? To that I replied, no she wouldn't, but the criminal doesn't know that.
Lawbreakers like certainty--or at least as much certainty as they can have before committing a crime. When you have an armed society, you bring uncertainty to the criminals. In my state, we have something like 400,000 CCW holders and the classes are still full--some with waiting lists.
If in Zims neighborhood their were big signs saying that security carries guns when Zim asked ashtray where he was going ashtray out of fear would not have started the confrontation
Just the thought that Zim may have been armed would have saved the punks life for another day and another good man would have shot him