OPS MARINE wrote:
If you carry every day like I do, I'm sure you've run the scenarios in your mind. What if someone comes into the store or restaurant and starts shooting people for sport? Will you find a way to bug out, or further risk your life confronting him (them)? Who is with you? Where is cover? Who has the phone?
Looking at previous experiences intervening in non-lethal or potentially lethal (no firearms) situations I would probably (within the space of a few seconds) assess the unique situation that it is taking into consideration:
* everyone involved
* everyone who could get involved
* potential problem people
* people who have that "I'll help" look in their eyes
* people who could be working with the subject
* potential escape routes
* is escape possible
* potential movement routes for the subject
* biohazards - blood, vomit, etc.
* potential weak points in the subject (everyone has at least one)
* the apparent skill level of the threat
* potential threat suppression routes for me
* ways to distract the threat
* potential weapons available to anyone present including me
* what level of force from words and body language to weapons might be required
* have I read the situation correctly or is this an act of self defense or law enforcement?
* am I ready to roll?
Then its decision time...