Of course, I play devil’s advocate, but because I really don’t wanna see anyone else get hurt.
Still, you be you, and do your thing.
Maybe just as food for thought….
Nobody is forcing you to shoot.
Why do it? What’s the motivation? Instead, joining the police force or military is an honorable profession. But they too work under codes of ethics, rules, and doing the right thing.
Right up there with grammar and high school schoolteachers.
Are you at risk? Can you maintain cover or move away unscathed?
If you call 911 and move away, is that in a way helping?
In this scenario, the person(s) the real assailant is shooting at is not your family member, correct?
Can’t help but see, there is that lack of intimacy in this scenario, suspect is shooting at fast moving cars, even if one prevents a driver from getting shot and crashing, one may never know if they saved or prevented, or their identity, ever.
You’re saying that the persons he/she is shooting at never went through the work to become a legal conceal carrier?
What would your spouse, child, or parent, or attorney want you to do?
Are you legally required to shoot?
So, you’re saying the shooter is actually not pointing the gun at you.
What if the police or another person “carrying” mistakes you for the criminal assailant? You’re not in police uniform, nor have a police cruiser.
Is that more of a role for police officer to take on?
Could you instead call 911 to ask the police to get there?
Aren’t the police trained to handle those situations with best practices whereas a regular Joe Public is not?
And these might not be close distances, but a fairly significant distance, under noisy fast-moving traffic, and in a stressful unplanned situation to get an accurate shot off in, less one injures an innocent.
Make the shot, and you still have to deal with legal and financial risks and consequences that you ask about. Miss the shot, and you still have these consequences, plus more if you hit an innocent, plus now the shooter shoots at you. What if the shooter has a rifle, where you have a handgun?
Weigh the benefits and risks of not shooting against the benefits and risks against shooting.
Will your actions reflect against the greater firearm community’s common sense? Is it responsible? Is it smart? Does one care about the long-term downstream effects on the rest of us?
Live free and die hard. I respect anyone’s wanting to help in this situation, but ask we think about the consequences onto both self and others.