People often wonder how well theyll perform in a life-and-death situation. On March 11, DON OBRIANT, a reporter at the AJC, found out firsthand. With alleged courthouse killer Brian Nichols demanding at gunpoint that OBriant climb into the trunk of the Honda Nichols was carjacking, OBriant said no. Nichols pistol-whipped him. OBriant stumbled to his feet and ran. Asked later why he didnt obey, OBriant said, You dont do that. Youre giving up any control you have at the moment. OBriants quick thinking may have saved his life, and gave us a glimmer of good news on an otherwise dismal day.