Two of my friends recently had potentially dangerous situations in public. Neither one was carrying at the time but it made me wonder what someone should do if they were. First situation. A friend is standing in line at the local convenience store, waiting to pay for his soda pop. As he stands there, the guy in front of him pulls a gun on the cashier and announces that it is a stickup. The BG apparently paid little attention to my friend, collects some money from the cashier and leaves. Second situation. Another friend is in a local furniture store. A guy comes running in the front door, bleeding from a big head wound, screaming for help. About two seconds later, another guy comes running in the door and starts going after him with a claw hammer. Luckily, both situations ended with nobody dead, and the guy with the hammer ran off when he heard people say they were calling the police. But that is no guarantee that the situation would work out that way every time. The BG at the convenience store could have turned around and demanded my friend's wallet. The guy with the hammer could have ignored the people saying they were calling the police. Neither one of these people considered concealed carry before these incidents. Now they are reconsidering. But the question remains, what do you really do in those situations? They have no desire to play cop, but they don't want to see anyone get shot or beat to death with a hammer in front of them, either. My motto is "when in doubt, clear out" -- get the hell away from the problem -- but that doesn't help someone getting hit with a hammer. Anybody getting hit with a hammer probably isn't going to want to wait for 911. So, knowing that any time you pull the weapon you are probably going to be having long annoying conversations with the cops, and any time you actually fire it, you are probably going to be sued by the BG you shot, what is the appropriate thing to do?