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I was driving tonight with my girlfriend in the passenger seat. It was raining and so traffic was a little heavy. We were approaching a red light with cars already stopped in front of us and cars to our left and right. There was a guy in the center median who looked like he was trying to cross the street. I slightly glanced at him and then proceeded to stop behind the already stopped traffic. My girlfriend then asked me where was the guy and I responded that he must have crossed the street already. No sooner than I said that I heard a voice on my side of the truck say "yow, can I talk to you". I turned my head to the left to see who it was that said that but I did not immediately see anyone. The person then walked into my view from behind the the truck. It was the guy who looked like he was trying to cross the street.

My senses went into overdrive trying to comprehend what was happening. I remembered my firearm in the glovebox. I'm listening to him telling me he wanted to talk to me and motioning for me to roll down the window. I'm telling him sorry but no I don't want to talk and also thinking why would he choose me to talk to out of everyone else at the light. I could feel the adrenalin flowing through my body but not sure if it was justified because I was not sure if this guy was a threat or just wanted some help. Anyway the light changed to green and I drove off.

After I drove off many thoughts went through my mind and I also had a discussion with my girlfriend about what just happened. My questions are
1) Was I too paranoid in dealing with this guy
2) What if my windows were down (I normally drive with them down/ they were up because of the rain)
3) Would I have been able to draw and use my weapon if I had to (how prepared am I)
4) It's amazing how things go from 0-60 in .1 seconds

Just some thoughts and hopefully lessons from this situation.
 

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All is well that ends well. You were on your guard as the situation warranted. This is the constant reality that we must deal with, being aware of our surroundings and ready vs. overreaction.

Someone legitimately in trouble would have no problem speaking through a closed window, however someone up to no good could similarly make up a good story to let your guard down. More often than not, I would be suspect of people who just appear at the side of my car wanting to talk.

To my logic, perhaps this could be a situation that makes you reevaluate how you carry in your car and if you could adequately access your firearm in a minimal amount of time.

For what it's worth, I to wonder how quick i could wiggle my body into a position and quickly draw from my pocket holster.

Something to think about.
 

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It seems that we carry for so long without even hint of trouble and maybe sometimes get a little complacent because of this. Every now and again it's not bad to have a situation that tests your awareness, perception, skill and preparedness. Thanks for you post. It will make me re-evaluate my own preparedness.
 

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It's hard when you are a caring good natured person to not want to help someone. This is exactly what BG's count on in order for you to let your guard down. Don't feel bad about your reaction last night. It's better to be guarded than not at all.
 

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Likely...he was panhandling you...because you made eye contact...but still...it is a good reminder to never let your guard down outside your home.
 

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I believe you acted very responsibly considering this guy came in from a blind spot. Paranoid, no..cautious, yes
 

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you did ok !

If you learned from it ! It is better to keep your gun on your person , so you don't have far to reach ! It is hard to keep track of pedestrians in traffic ! o keep your doors and windows closed and locked ! It wont stop a bullet but it will stop a hand or a knife ! I often ride with my windows down , but I roll them up when I have to stop ! Kevin
 

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"Y'all" do realize that the original post is almost 2 years old
 

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Young'uns these days... :laughing
 

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No I didnt ! i just read it and responded ! lol !! Maybe I still have a little sheep in my blood !:banghead2 Kevin
Old maybe, but kind of timeless, in my estimation. Stopping at a light in Orlando?
Air on, windows closed, or any big City really.

If you have a CCW, then carry, I do, all the time. Ain't Florida great.
 

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If it were clear and I sensed danger the color of the light would be irrelevant.

Best thing if I were locked in would be to honk the horn to draw attention to myself.
 
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