you’re asking a question that could go any number of ways. We all hope to help, but as you eluded to, we’re not deputized nor trained as law enforcement officers (excluding actual law enforcement). Therefore, we really have no place acting the part. Now, if you witness a crime unfolding where the suspect is seemingly just trying to get the cash and run…you have to ask yourself, “Is it worth it to get involved?” I know that sounds callous and self serving, but each of us has “Chosen” to take on the responsibility to arm ourselves to help protect our families and ourselves, can’t do that if we’re locked up for getting involved. We’re not arming ourselves to become vigilantes and try and right the wrong where ever we go. We choose to arm ourselves knowing that if we are forced to draw and even fire our firearms, we’re likely going to be subjected to legal woes, financial burdens, and much heart ache in general. So, if some guy comes in and demands money from a clerk and is showing no real sign they’re going to kill anyone…just looking to get cash and flee…is it worth it for you to draw your firearm, possible risk a shootout or be forced to kill that person all because you feel a sense you need to stop a criminal?
Again, I know some here might choose to do exactly that and wouldn’t let such a waste of a person get away with it…and that’s their call and their burden. Me, I will react only if I see that someone can or is getting hurt but otherwise, I will remain calm and keep an eye on things and only choose to react if lives are literally threatened. I guess the reason I prefer it my way is because I’m in a state that would love to lock me up because I’m a gun owner so I’d prefer to NOT give them a reason since I know they’d label me a vigilante any chance they get.
You might look into your own area to determine the best answer though and ask some lawyers what the typical costs would be if you got involved and had to defend yourself. That might help you figure out if it’s worth it to you.