PALM COAST, Fla. – A brawl broke out at a Florida pizzeria after an order of garlic knots arrived with cheese on top.A Flagler County police report says 25-year-old Jessica Conti demanded her money back late Friday and was angered when the clerk put her money on the counter in what Conti considered a disrespectful manner.
I have preached the virtues of Avoidance and De-escalation before, but I feel I need to bring something else: No matter how well you try to avoid an encounter, some people will find offense and act up in an aggressive manner.
It is now the fashionable thing to be offended by anything and everything. Some elements of our society think that gives them carte blanche to exercise violence upon you. They feel it is a justified response to their bruised delicate egos to see your blood spilled and provide you with an assortment of injuries.
Deterrence is the next step but it is conditioned to the laws of your state. In some places, the presentation of a firearm in self-defense is allowed while in others it can lead to a charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon . You must tailor your possible response to the applicable laws which means you have to do your own research and find reliable advice.
And we hope we don’t have to resort to the actual shooting, but we cannot dismiss it from our strategy. To think we can get away by purely using Avoidance, De-escalation and Deterrence is as foolish as to think the only answer is to pull the trigger. It is not fair or easy, but self-defense isn’t either. Deal with it, plan ahead, be ready.