From the great John Farnam, a fine piece on the dangers of misusing your handgun—
On Monday, a woman loading groceries into her car in a Murfreesboro, TN shopping center parking lot was approached by a man who asked her for a light for his cigarette.
The woman responded by producing a pistol and pointing it at him. He ran away immediately and called 911, saying he had been threatened by a person with a gun.
When police arrived, they were told by the woman that the man who approached her represented an immediate and dangerous threat . However, investigators concluded that physical evidence, combined with witness statements, did not support that contention. Her fear may have been “real,” but it was not “reasonable.”
Please read the whole thing, and remember that Mr F is a strong advocate for concealed carry and vigorous self-defense. The answer? Get good training, and practice the art. Perishable skills perish!