In my opinion, each and every situation is ruled by chaos theory and will have an outcome determined by the actions of the assaulter and the assulatee (and we can only control our half of this equation). If the assailant doesn't care if you survive the attack and your resistance is fueled by a weapon of your own, you may very well aid in your own demise if you can't gain total control and things don't go your way. Such is the case with Peter Blake. On the other hand I had read a story where the crew members foiled the attack with the presence of their own shot guns and were quickly able to disuade the attackers from continuing with their assault. Each of the these stories could have quickly reversed themselves. In the first situation, Peter Blake could still be alive if he could have gained the upper hand and indeed thought that he could. In the second situation, the crew members could have created such pandamonium in the attackers that all could have wound up dead.
All meaning that you can think and re-think a situation to death and making your personal decision could STILL be the wrong one for the situation that could presents itself to you next.
I also fully agree with Swagman, and have always told my kids that you can't die in a bar-fight if you never entered the bar in the first place.
Goin' where the weather suits my clothes!