Have you ever had to draw your weapon? And did you have to fire?

Yes. Twice. Thankfully, I've never had to shoot anyone.

The first time, I was dating a woman that would work one shift a month on third shift. I would meet her in the parking garage (I was always waiting for her to pull in) and then walk her to the door before going back to put my gun away before hanging out with her.

I did this one night and had to stop for gas in a fairly bad area. This was my first mistake. I stopped at the gas station at about 4 on a Sunday morning (mistake number 2). I'm standing and pumping gas when this car load of people pull into the parking lot. All 4 of them get out and two went inside. One starts pumping gas and I lost track of the other one. The dude who was pumping gas stops and comes walking over to me, trying really hard to get my attention. He got about 10 feet away from me when I heard something scrape pavement about 5 feet to my left. I drew my gun and moved very quickly to put my vehicle between me and the two guys. I pointed it at the first one, thinking of how I was going to have to move to my right pretty much as soon as I pulled the trigger when the two of them ran back to their car, got in and drove off.

I shut the pump off, got in my car and drove back to the hospital where I sat in the parking lot shaking so hard that I couldn't light my cigarette. I learned, real quick, to start thinking about what I was going to do before I did it and planning better. I am very thankful that the lesson didn't require somebody's life.

The second time, I was at a grocery store with that same woman when half a dozen people got into a fist fight. More people started getting involved so I grabbed the back of her shirt, drew my gun and kept it beside my leg as we moved out of the store.

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