Originally Posted by trebark
Glad you were able to get out of the situation without injury to anyone. Your story is just about enough to nudge me to go take the concealed carry class that VA requires.
The point made earlier about situational awareness is a good one. Be prepared and aware as trouble comes from all races, creeds and immigration statuses.
I've had a concealed weapons permit for about as long as I can remember and I always urge everyone to get their permit. The only thing a person has to do here is go to either the Sheriff's office if you live in the county or to the City Police if you live in the city limits. They fingerprint you, do a background check and if your background check comes back clean then you're issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
I've always tried to be aware of my surroundings no matter where I am and I guess hindsight is always 20/20. I look at it as a wake up call as opposed to what could have been a very bad outcome and I intend to pursue the wake up call aspect of it.