So about a month ago, there was a girl shot in the parking lot of the building next to my apartment (link
). The shooting happened during a confrontation involving at least 20 idiots that constantly hang around there playing loud music, drinking, and just being obnoxious.
Well yesterday I was walking down to the car as my girlfriend and I headed out to dinner. I happened to be sporting my new shoulder holster for my SW99
. I heard yelling as I came down the stairs, and when I stepped into the parking lot I see a group of at least 20 people in that same parking lot again, yelling and someone was throwing punches. My girlfriend was already to the car, so I tossed her the keys so she could get in, and I started to retrieve my cellphone. Just then, before I had my phone out, I saw one of the guys in the group turn and see me standing there. He immediatelyyelled "oh @($*!! lets go!" and the group dispersed. I kept my distance and called the cops to let them know that there had been another group and a fight had started, but people were clearing out, then I headed to dinner. I didn't get to the end of my street before two police cars sped past me in the opposite direction.
So yeah, for a split second I had the feeling that I might have to take some sort of action, but luckily I didn't have to. I am now thoroughly convinced, though, that open carry does absolutely deter crime.