I've been meaning to share this for almost 2 months now, but never got around to it. It's a true story about something that ended up not happening.
I work for H&R Block during the tax season and had the responsibility of opening the office in the mornings. In mid-March the sun doesn't come up around here until after 8:00 am.
One morning I motored on into work and parked in the back. As I exited the vehicle a car pulled up about 25' from me and a guy in a hoodie jumped out, carrying a baseball bat and walking very purposefully in my direction.
Not being able to carry in the office due to employer restrictions I nonetheless had my .45 in my briefcase, which was slung over my shoulder. I'd practiced this drill many times at home, so I dove my hand into the briefcase, instantly retrieving my handgun and pulling it from the bag. I showed it to the BG and asked "Are you sure you want to do this?" (I was so scared my level tone was a shock, even to me.)
His reply? " I guess not." He then returned to his car and left.
It's a scary feeling to have to pull a gun on another human being. Some of you know this. The upshot is that my hands had a slight tremor to them for the next hour or so until I got busy enough to be distracted from what had just transpired.
Like I said, it's a true story of something that ended up not happening. I ended up not being killed or seriously injured. However, if he had approached me in the same manner a year ago I'd have been a victim.
That's why, when someone asks me why I carry a firearm, my standard response is "Because I refuse to be a victim."