Originally Posted by Tackleberry1
Leaving the Mall...
Does not compute, does not compute, does not compute...
Did you run out of cosmetics and wear out your strapless pumps?
I unfortunately work at the mall...and carrying (concealed or open) is illegal there. I am very careful about who/what is around when going out to my car and I have actually gone back inside the mall when I felt uncomfortable after noticing a sketchy looking hooded man in the shadows. A minute or two later, I saw security running after him, so I guess my instincts didn't let me down.
As for the scenario, I have to agree with JonM- I'd probably pull out my cell phone first before a gun if I noticed some suspicious men with no apparent weapons. Then I would walk briskly toward an alternate entrance, cutting diagonally between cars, if possible. My gun would be my last resort if I felt threatened and I would only pull it if I was planning on using it and STOPPING someone with it.
Honestly, I'd try to use my brain more in the first place to avoid such a situation. Yes, I am that petite 120 lb. woman who has no training on how to fight. If I was somewhere where I was armed and had to defend myself, I would do it. At work I am not armed and I am not afraid to ask a coworker to accompany me to my car at night on the rare occasion that I have to park far away on a deserted level of the parking deck. Don't get me wrong, I don't walk around frightened and looking over my shoulder, but I am also realistic about my size and abilities and try to use common sense.