What do you do? Well, if I ever heard of a reason to carry a firearm, it is this topic. You have children with you. I'm not going to let the thugs have what they want, because it may BE the children. I can't run away like this lady did. The answer is to have a plan with your children and act on it against the threat. I usually don't post on things like this story because I hate to read the stories about what some parents do with their kids. Trust me, I'm not unaware of what goes on in the world. I just don't want to read about it because it really, really angers me when I read the news stories. (It was bad enough having to read the headlines when I tried to search for this story). The thing about this story is that she may not be a bad parent, she just didn't have a plan. Therefore, the only thing she could do was run around and leave her kid to the whim of a thug. Have a plan with your kids. If it doesn't involve a firearm, it should. I mean a plan, not just "carrying one." When I train at the range, it is rather concerning all of the scenarios I think of that might happen if I had kids with me. Do you always carry a young child with your weak hand? If you have to draw, do you train to turn and shield the child with your body? Do you train to shoot one-handed? I have actually trained with a bag in one hand resting on my hip. It probably looks silly, but I've done it before I am actually forced to.
If you can't carry for legal reasons, it's a good idea to come up with another plan. Ultimately, think this out before it actually happens. If you haven't already considered this and it is a topic that you are concerned about, go to Agirl's place and read up. She's been an incredible resource on this topic both personally and situationally.
I appear to be soapboxing. I apologize, but this is touching on a topic on which I am very serious. Maybe Agirl can get some training classes going in her area for parents with kids. :)