I'm not military and would pull my weapon first and call the police later. I've done so defending myself and my wife while on vacation several years ago from a thug who thought he saw a defenseless tourist and was taken aback when I pulled a handgun out to to counter the threat he presented with his knife. He metaphorically peed in his pants, crossed the street and went elsewhere while my wife and I continued on our nice stroll to the restaurant. My wife, who was raised to fear handguns like you would a rabid dog, finally understood the issue and soon had herself a concealed carry permit.
Where I live, it generally takes the sheriff about 15 minutes or more to get to my neighborhood. More than once I have investigated occurances around my home while armed and have been back in bed before the deputy would have ever made it to my home or my neighbor's home.
One of my neighbors tells a funny story about what happened to him in Atlanta about 15 years ago. He was riding with a friend on one of the city streets when he had to stop behind a vehicle that was stopped in the street while the driver was talking to someone in a vehicle going the other way. They were fully blocking the street. He waited a polite amount of time for the two drivers to finish their conversation and when they didn't he tapped his horn.
The passenger side door the car in front on him opened up and a thug stepped out armed with a baseball bat, threatening my friend and his driver. My driver of my friend's vehicle keeps a shotgun attached to the ceiling of the cab of his truck and he pulled it down, stuck out the window and called the thug, "I can't hear what you are saying. You'll need to come speak into the end of this pipe."
Mr. Thug immediately realized that a baseball bat was not the weapon of choice for this encounter, shut his ing mouth, and got back in the car so that he and his friends could drive on, which both vehicles did.
Edited by ShortyPrice, 06 December 2012 - 10:20 AM.