I already spoke with you about this, GD, but I figured I'd put my .02 in on the forum here.
As far as shooting someone attemtping to do me serious/deadly harm, I have no hesitation, but I spent alot of time prior to getting my Concealed Handgun Permit preparing for that eventuality. I know I will NOT be OK after such an encounter.
My prime example is this: I had to put my dog down. MY dog. He wasn't a human, but he was entrusted to me to take care of, and all that emotional baggage comes to bear when I had to end his life and his suffering. That's just the thing though, it was MY decision, I carried him to the vet, and we did it.
I was NOT ok.
I did it, but I was NOT ok. I still think about THAT, so to think that I or anyone else can cowboy up and blow away a bad guy without remorse or regret is ludicrous. I applaud your actions and respect your decision, and I am infinitely happy for you that it turned out OK without shots fired. Mostly directed at readers of this thread is a bit of reason and a good hearty smack upside the head when anyone gets to thinking it would be cool, awesome, or otherwise a positive experience to be involved in the situation, no matter the outcome.
I think of it like this: I'll choose my life over his, but at the end of the day somebody's mother is going to be in tears.
If it weighs on you with all that training to back up your decision as right and proper, I can't imagine what it would do to me with my current level or lack of training.
*makes a note to sign up for a gunsite class*
Just to be clear before I sign off, I'm not at all ridiculing the use of firearms in any of the mentioned scenarios, just underscoring the difference between hesitation and regret in the use of firearms in resolving a conflict.
I just kicked a guy from my bug out group for being a cowboy, so these thoughts have been weighing heavily on my mind for the past couple of weeks.