From reader George T.:
I don’t know if you do question posts based on emails, but a couple of cases have recently had me thinking about how one should act in public to balance tactical concerns and social acceptability. Both of these guys only had a second or two to react once it became clear that there was a threat. That moment is obvious on video but I doubt I’d have caught it fast enough were I in their shoes . . .
Clearly, their biggest mistake was letting the attackers get so close to them. Being in those places at all might have been another mistake — the heavily gentrified Ford lofts in Atlanta abut the shared parking lot of a liquor store and a grocery referred to as “Murder Kroger.”
But sometimes you find yourself in a dangerous place, either by accident or because you didn’t have a choice. How should that knowledge modify your behavior? You can’t yell or draw your weapon every time someone walks within 10 feet of you and crossing the street might not be an option in a busy city. I’d be interested in what the TTAG community thinks.