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I am a certified firearms and concealed carry instructor in multiple states and as the laws clearly state the use of a firearm in self defense should be the last resort. You will have to suffer the criminal and emotional consequences of taking another persons life for the rest of yours. If you have thought it through and decided that your security posture will include a firearm for hunting AND personal protection, train yourself (NRAInstructors.org - Portal for NRA certified Instructors, NRA Education and Training) and practice continually. A firearm will not do you any good if you can not hit what you are aiming at. Most self defense shootings are less than 20 feet away and often within 10 feet. Hand to hand combat (karate, judo, mixed martial arts) skills will be essential to your overall plan if you have a malfunction or run out of ammo. I believe to become truly prepared we need to focus on our survival skills including food and water supplies first. Practice and training like the Red Cross Wilderness First Aid class should be a minimum requirement for every hunter or outdoors men. Animal husbandry can help you learn about giving shots, treating infections, vital signs indicators, broken bones, stitches, etc. There are a lot of steps between getting prepared and using lethal force. Because at the point when lethal force is your only option, your survival and freedom will most likely be statistically improbable.
 

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Because at the point when lethal force is your only option, your survival and freedom will most likely be statistically improbable.
I found myself nodding in agreement with much of what you posted. Up until this last line, that is. Would you elaborate? Lethal force, or the threat thereof is often used so that survival occurs. Otherwise, why bother? As for freedom, as an assistant prosecutor, I can say there are justified shootings that occur, and they are typically ignored by a Grand Jury. One may face a battle to maintain freedom in certain jurisdictions, and civil lawsuits are another matter, entirely. However, so long as a person using a firearm in self defense can show appropriate actions leading up to its use, they stand a good chance of maintaining freedom in many, many jurisdictions around the country.
 

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I should have explained better DocWard. Thanks for responding so I can clarify. I was probably wrong for using the phrase "statistically improbable." Present day analysis: As an assistant prosecutor, you would probably agree that different jurisdictions (states and local law enforcement agencies) handle these investigations differently. I have heard of cases where the self defense shooter didn't even get arrested. I have also heard from local law enforcement officers about cases involved a law abiding citizen in an open carry state (like North Carolina) open carrying while eating lunch and ended up in court (legal fees, civil suits, etc.) because some Brady bunch fan felt threatened by the sight of a holstered gun in a booth across the restaurant from them. Future analysis: Consider the effects of continued control by the progressive left where hate crimes and the bill of rights are selectively ignored by the DOJ. Everything begins to unravel and a state of emergency or marshal law is declared because of natural disasters, civil unrest or a host of other reasons like riots by illegal immigrants break out across the nation. An illegal or career criminal shows up on your land and finds your food, fuel, supplies. He has turned a firearm on you or your family members, and you just shot him in self defense. I am no expert on marshal law, but IF things ever get that ugly in states like North Carolina where a declaration of emergency by a government official (town mayor to governor) voids your concealed carry permit (state wide not just in a particular region) and ability to have access to a firearm, you are in trouble. Your preparedness was just compromised and your freedom is destroyed because you used a firearm to defend yourself and family during a state of emergency. Some may argue that I exaggerated the point a bit but in a state where you lose your 2nd amendment rights if any part of the state is declared in a state of emergency, all kinds of lesser scenarios could result in similar complications. Around here, the Sheriff owns the county and makes that call so if you have a progressive leaning Sheriff in office, watch your step very carefully. You had better have concrete evidence and the best attorney money can buy because the ACLU, SEIU, etc. are scouring the country for cases to support their progressive agenda. They may just decide to make an example of you.
 

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While I recognize we have to maintain vigilance regarding our Second Amendment rights, I try to avoid letting vigilance devolve into paranoia. I'm not saying that you are doing so, but appealing to fear of a slippery slope of disarmament can do just that. So long as gun owners remain united, wary, and willing to fight for what the Second Amendment clearly stands for, we stand in a good position to maintain our current "rights," and, assuming we keep the status quo on the Supreme Court, perhaps even get some bad laws thrown off the books.

None of this is to say that I don't understand the legitimacy of your concerns.
 

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You'all can do the worrying about Gunfights & Gun Rights. I'll worry about the much higher probability of being killed or crippled in a vehicle accident.
I don't worry about it. I have enough gray hair. I just use my seatbelt, make sure my vehicle is safe, drive attentively like I have some common sense, and realize if some drunken fool comes careening my way, there may not be a lot I can do about it.
 

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More and more states are adopting the Castle Doctrine which recognizes a homeowner's right to defend himself, his family and his home without requiring retreat.

I'm not sure of this, but I think the majority of states now recognize that right.
 

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He who hesitates is lost, if you train to use a firearm and by train I don't mean going out every summer for an afternoon of shooting beer cans, then your going to be aware of the real need to use one, and if it's my life at stake you best believe I'll take my chances with the jury.

As for the Martial Arts... sorry but I just don't see the need, The Corp trained us enough to defend ourselves but it more about killing or maiming the other person and that too gets you involved with the law

My tried and true method of avoiding conflicts is to stay out of places where most happen such as bars and crowds at events.. I just will not be in an area where everybody is drinking and being caught up in the moment.

I never sit with my back to the door, even if I were to attend church I'd sit in the back and away from the doors.. I know where the exits are when I'm out and I watch everybody around me, if she happens to be good looking so much the better! :D

I've had more then one woman ask me why I don't look at her when we talk out in public after I explain it and she don't get it I usually don't bother with her because she will never understand it and would never be one to back me if I needed it...

Pick you friends well, your weapons better and your local always with the thought of having to fight your way out... and yes I'm paranoid.. :beercheer: but that's ok, most of my friends are too...it's good to not be alone...


I'd like to add... James Butler and John Westley were both paranoid, and lived..... Until they stopped being..both were shot in the back
 

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I never sit with my back to the door, even if I were to attend church I'd sit in the back and away from the doors.. I know where the exits are when I'm out and I watch everybody around me, if she happens to be good looking so much the better! :D

I've had more then one woman ask me why I don't look at her when we talk out in public after I explain it and she don't get it I usually don't bother with her because she will never understand it and would never be one to back me if I needed it...
... and I thought that I was the only one that did that. I will always sit in a place where I can see each entrance to a building or sit in a place where there are several points of egress - never allow myself to be trapped.

When I am in "open-air" with nothing to put towards my back, I am always looking around, checking faces, hands, feet, people's walks and their facial expressions.
 

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My response is.....

If someone pulls a gun on me, I will shoot to defend myself and/or my family. I'd much rather be alive and have to defend myself in Court, than be dead and have no other choices. :soapbox2:
 

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... and I thought that I was the only one that did that. I will always sit in a place where I can see each entrance to a building or sit in a place where there are several points of egress - never allow myself to be trapped.

When I am in "open-air" with nothing to put towards my back, I am always looking around, checking faces, hands, feet, people's walks and their facial expressions.
What I find amazing is how many women think if you don't stare deeply into their eyes your not "with them"... it's a small thing to me but big to them..

Another thing that I feel is very important...maybe the most important thing is ..Location..location..location... if I have to defend myself or even others in a situation I know a Jury of folks in MT or TX are going to be a hell of a lot more disposed to understanding my rights over the BG's rights as say in Calipornia of New Joke chitty..

We live in interesting times and it would be smart for everybody who can to maybe look at relocating to a more "friendly" area? now is the time to think about things like that...

I'm lucky as I'm single ( well it's not much fun...) and can make a move anyplace.. most can't... I think it's silly for me to advise anybody about anything because my lifes situation is so different from most... apples and oranges ...
 
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