I watch video after video after video of people showing you how to draw your weapon and present it for use. Various carry methods and practicing to improve speed and presentation.
VERY FEW if any videos, teach us, or attempt to teach us how to RE-HOLSTER a weapon, after use or when it is no longer needed to be presented. And that is just stupid. Because tantamount to actually drawing your weapon and using it, is removing it from the equation when it is no longer needed.
If for some reason you have to present your weapon in preparation for it’s use, note that the police if not already on the way will be. When they arrive on scene they will see YOU with a weapon. Guess where that puts you? You will be the bad guy until proven otherwise. Watch the video. The good samaritan properly employed the use of his weapon. But watch where the police focus is as they pull up.
They focus on the guy with the gun. Good guy. Doing what’s right. But the cops don’t know him and when they pull up all they see is a non-cop pointing a gun at people. How are they supposed to react. This guy did the right thing. He could have re-holstered the weapon but in this case I believe that would not have been a good idea.
In this article, the citizen who thwarted a robbery was already thinking about it.
When he went back into the restaurant, the man said the woman with the knife turned toward him. He showed her the butt of his gun, he said, and told the woman not to move.
“She picked up a bag and came at me,” the man said. “That’s when I pointed my gun at her.”
The man said he was able to gain control of the woman’s knife, but continued to hold her at gunpoint. He said he put his gun down as the first officer entered the restaurant to avoid the possibility of being shot.
Campbell offered the police department’s thanks to the man who intervened, but also noted that because personal safety is always a priority for officers “citizens must recognize that any person holding a firearm upon (the officers’) arrival is apparently involved until proven different.”
How serious is this? In May of 2006, in one of the most horrible situations a police officer can find themselves in. Officer Seneca Darden of the Norfolk Police Department was shot and killed by a fellow police officer. Officer Darden was in plain clothes and in a situation that warranted it, had presented his handgun. With the situation already tense, he was shot.
There are so many things to think about if you are a private citizen and elect to use your firearm. This is one more that is real and could be deadly. Think about how you will react and what you will do.