I agree with you. Every situation is going to be different but I'm a firm believer that one should take advantage of training if it is available. In the academy, we spent lots of time reviewing security tapes and running over different scenarios to attempt to gain as much knowledge as possible but even with having that resource, one never knows just what the situation is going to call for until it is presented. Being thrust into a scene like that can be scary for a trained professional, let alone a newly licensed ccw holder. When you draw your weapon, you are now responsible for anything that happens as a result of you doing so, and that includes any bystanders that may be shot by your gun or the perps. gun. A prosecutor is going to argue that if you hadn't pulled your gun, the scene may or may not have escallated to the point of gunfire. Of coarse,as you said beyu, if the criminal starts shooting, your decision may be made for you.