Recently, I read
Deadly Force Understanding Your Right to Self-defense by Massad. Ayoob
, and it’s (ahem) right on the money.
He clearly explains the three things that must be present to justify using Lethal Force to protect yourself or your loved ones in Michigan.
Jeopardy / often called Intent
Massad devotes about ten pages to " Disparity of Force." which is one of the least understood principles in self-defense law.
This principle gives you the power to use Lethal Force against an unarmed attacker you believe has the ability to kill, cripple, or rape you or one of your loved ones.
The 7 Types of Disparity of Force
- Force of numbers
- Significant disparity in size and strength which favors the assailant
- Male attacking female
- Able-bodied attacking a disabled person
- Position of disadvantage
- Highly trained fighter versus an average person
- Adult violently attacking a child.
The book also has two chapters on legal cases that relied on “Disparity of Force” to mount an effective legal defense.
If you have your Concealed Pistol License, then understanding “Disparity of Force.” could save you from going to prison after the smoke clears.
I highly recommend every CPL holder read this book.
Have you heard of the “Disparity of Force?”
Do you believe a person with a gun could be justified in shooting a person without a gun?