I love this topic! As one who has carried for many years, I am humbled by the fact that I have never had to use my weapon against another human being. My specialty, as I stated before, is de-escalation, but I am more than aware that the need to use my weapon can come crashing in at any time. de-escalation is not always possible.
I appreciate the steps presented here to avoid a gun fight, unless all else fails. In general, I avoid bad, and potentially dangerous situations, yet, I am constantly aware of my surroundings, and situations taking place therein. Ya just never know.
Awareness does help in guaging what could happen in even the best environments, because the target of violence may not be us, but another person being threatened.
Again, the greatest tools in our “tactical box” are awareness, and wisdom.