I can see what you did there with the opening ... very clever and subtle misdirection.
Yes, pressing that trigger is way too easy. There is another officer on another ship who better learn this lesson quickly.
John continues on his crucible and continues to distinguish himself, including disregarding the possibly more experienced and more senior T'Pring to account for every last person missing in action. That's a bold move.
But this is clearly a bold guy, even if he doesn't realize it yet. Somebody better give this dude some sort of medal when all this is over.