Bar Brawl While CCing
I manage a bar a couple of nights a week and as an employee I'm allowed to carry under FL law, whereas patrons are not. The other night there was a brief brawl involving 5 or 6 guys. As usual on the rare occasion this sort of thing happens I jumped into the fray as a peacemaker, pulling patrons off each other (and always keeping an eye out for any weapons in hands). Nobody made any attempt to hit me. After it was over and the participants were leaving for the night (my policy is that anyone who throws a punch is done for the evening regardless of their role in the fight), the girlfriend of one of the "victims" asked me in a somewhat derisive tone why I didn't punch any of the "instigators". "Somebody's gotta be a peacemaker" was my response much to her dissatisfaction. What I really wanted to say was "Listen you idiot...if I just up and start punching this guy and he pulls a weapon and I have to shoot him....even to save myself....I'm going to jail on a manslaughter charge at the very least". Of course I didn't say that because I don't advertise that I'm carrying but it illustrates the mindset I believe is necessary when packing. It got even worse when one of the participants (now in the parking lot) said to one of his opponents "I've got something for YOU!" or words to that effect, and opened his car door and reached under his seat. At that point the PF9 tucked into my back pocket was screaming like an air-raid siren. Fortunately it was a bluff and everyone went their separate ways.
This occurance also raises an interesting "What if?", as in....what if somebody had pulled, say, a knife during this brawl and advanced on me with it and I was compelled to shoot in order to protect myself and others?? I don't believe I'd be in trouble but I wonder about the liability of those who instigated and/or escalated the situation. I think that'll be a topic for discussion with a few of the bar patrons.....
(Insert random tough-guy quote here)
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