A friend of mine was held up on the 4th of July outside his apartment while watching fireworks go off nearby. It was in a "good area" in the San Jose. He was sitting alone and a car drove by with 3 brave patriotic gang bangers, all near 30 years old (probably what saved his life). He basically got caught "slippin", that is, unprepared because of where he was. They were on him before he could react, and made him show he was unarmed. Luckily he said he'd just dropped off his wallet and emptied his pockets before he walked outside. They demanded his keys and asked where his car was. He lied and said he wasn't from there. That he just stopped to watch fireworks. One guy wasn't having it. The other two said lets bounce and move on to other prey. He called the police but got the run around on the phone and just said #### it. Being a good unarmed law abiding citizen in California he was unarmed and could easily have been beat up, stabbed or shot. It could have turn into a home invasion. If heaven forbid, he was armed and shot one or all of these guys, he'd be looking at hard time. He's a smart, hard working vet that went to college while working full-time. If I'm not at work I probably have something on me. It doesn't make me indestructible, Superman or anything. It's just an option. Stay vigilant.