Today, we got to sit through a seminar on how to prevent people from becoming victims. The videos were predictably cheesy, and allegedly based on true stories. There is a major PSA campaign right now about “No sailor stands watch alone”. That is true. The ultimate question that arises is, would I help? It was presented as a duty, which stands equal to being a sentry, to prevent and/or report attempted sexual assault. As a former, and hopefully, soon to be again, CCW license holder, the question comes to would I use my weapon to prevent a sexual assault? What if I read the situation wrong? Do I chance losing my CCW? What if I am so scared of losing my CCW that I don’t interfere and someone becomes a victim? Do I keep my weapon concealed and use my wits?
I believe the safest course would be to keep the weapon holstered and try some verbal shucking and jiving, and then elevate levels of force as necessary. I decided to look at it from a clinical first aid/emergency responder scenario. Perhaps along these lines,
“Miss, are you OK? Is this man bothering you.”
If she answers that she is being bothered, confront the offender from a safe distance (survival gap). “Hey dude, she ain’t interested. Take a hike”.
After that, everything depends on how the offender answers/reacts. Remember, though, a gun in your pocket doesn’t make you right, nor does it make you law enforcement. That being said, one of the reasons to use deadly force against someone is to prevent a serious offense(rape, murder,etc) against persons. Let us analyze further. You were unprovoked. You could have walked away. Nobody is the wiser.
When I put my Mrs. Snipe or Pocket Monkey as a victim, I hope to God someone will intervene. On that level, I feel it is only right for me to intervene on someone’s behalf. I believe in that case, it would be prudent to leave the weapon concealed until it becomes necessary. Feel free to add your .02 in the comments section.
Final thought, if the female has a concealed pistol, she can say no very convincingly, and up to 10 times(CA compliant magazine).