I am curious, from the situation described at the state fair, would not a bit of situational awareness and locking car doors prevented the need for use of a firearm?
Yes, I'm sure it would have helped some, but people were being assaulted as they were approaching their vehicles, or dragged out as they were getting into them, kicked off their motorcyles, etc.
There were roving gangs of thugs running around looking for a fight with the first person they came across. There's only so much an unarmed person could do in that situation. The one thing nobody did was draw a weapon in SD against those punks. I wonder how fast they would have cleared out if they'd had?
Of course, that was shortly before the CCW became legal in WI. I wonder what would happen if those thugs tried that again now?