Jeriah wrote:There was a thread a while back where people were talking about the possibility of this happening, sad to see it has actually occurred. I don't worry about it much myself, since, well frankly I almost never shoot alone (wife is almost always with me, and if not, then some other friends are), and anyway there are usually a LOT of people around at any range where I'm shooting. So, just circumstantially, I don't see this as a major risk in my life, but with this story in mind I'll certainly stay on extra alert if I'm at a range alone.
BTW, those of you who feel comforted by the fact that you CCW at the range...I think that's far LESS important than situational awareness. In a situation like this, the MO seems to be, "Walk up behind old dude, shoot in back of head, woo hoo free stuff!" Having a CCW wouldn't have helped him even one little bit. Having a grandson who'd go shooting with him on Thanksgiving would have saved him from going through this.
Lesson learned: friends don't let friends shoot alone?
Well, it's especially true at the range, but the part I colored above is probably true generally. Good situational awareness might
still save you even in some circumstances where you don't have access to a firearm. Whereas poor
situational awareness can render your firearm useless, or even make it a liability. I'm not saying don't carry-PLEASE carry if you can - just that situational awareness >
firearms in the self defense hierarchy.
A year or so back, a couple guys got mugged in the parking lot of a local indoor range. Someone got the drop on them as they walked out to their car, and stole the cased pistols they were carrying. I don't know if they had concealed weapons on them or not, but if they did have they still might not have risked drawing them. The BGs already had weapons out, pointed at them, before the victims knew what was up.