So -- and what I say proves nothing one way or the other, it's just a question --
Let's say we have the bad guy (1) and the off-duty (out of uniform) police officer (2). YOU are the third armed person in the theater, and you look across and see (1) and (2) shooting at each other. You don't know what went before, you just see two "civilians" shooting at each other. You'd like to help, but how? Much as you'd like to shoot somebody, which one do you shoot?
As much as you would like to shoot someone??? What the hell is that? I dont WANT to shoot anyone. I WANT to make sure my family is safe. That is my number 1 priority. After that, I focus on the life of those around me. If I am in a theater that is suddenly under gunfire, my first instinct will be the safety of my wife and kids. Getting them to safety and making sure they are out of harms way is it.
After that, if I chose to go back into a live situation, then I need to make decisions. If I am sitting there and suddenly a man burst in and starts shooting up the place, my family is hitting the deck and I am pulling my gun. Period. If I can take the shot and stop it, so be it, if I dont feel like I can without causing more chaos, I wont. It is game time decision, but if I see the opening, I am taking it. No doubt about it. I am not going to pull my weapon and just start shooting blindly!
If I see 2 peope shooting at one another, well then I again just get my family to safety and mind my own damn business. If they arent targeting anyone else but one another, so be it. Let em' kill one another off. Kind of like a shoot out in the center city. I am not stopping to help 2 rival gangs, let them kill each other, i will just keep driving on by with my hand on my trusty .45 in the event that I need it.
I was just in Detroit over the New Year. I was carrying everywhere. When we would stop somewhere, the wife would run inside with her .380 on her side and I would stay in the car with the 4 kids and my hand on my .45. Many times a "thug" would be walking by the car and I would simply lift my flannel, pop the velcro on my holster, and grip my weapon, prepared to pull it if said "thug" decided the running car was a good target. We went to Bass Pro and the crowded mall there, thousands of people everywhere, and I felt safe knowing my .45 was tucked in my side loaded with 230 grain hydra-shoks. No better feeling. Every night when we went to sleep at the hotel, the wedge alarm went under the door, and the .45 was right beside me. I slept like a baby.
I dont want to shoot anyone, but if you jeapordize the safety of my wife or children, I will protect them as swiftly and violently as possible and by all means possible.