Rick Sapp is great at addressing controversial situations - and you definitely know where he stands on them by the end of his blog articles.
Articles about abused women are always hard for me to read. Abusive relationships can happen to either sex and, for some, it’s very hard to see that the relationship as abusive until they are out of the situation. And sometimes it’s hard to get truly out of the situation:
31-year-old Marissa Alexander, objects to being beaten. The year before she had requested an injunction for protection from him, but like so many abused women, she returns to him because she “loves him,” she “wants to give the relationship a chance,” she wants to help him…and because she’s pregnant.
The whole situation Marissa was in was turned upside down when her abuser was the first to call 911 when Marissa fired a warning shot.
Rick sums up what to do if you ever have to use your firearm in self-defense regardless of the circumstances.
This socially minute, but complicated, incident in human history tells me that if I ever use a firearm in self-defense, regardless of the circumstances, I must immediately do several things:
- I must be the first person to call 911.
- I must tell the truth to investigators—that I was afraid for my life.
- I must hire the finest lawyers I can afford and speak only to them.
- I must refuse, regardless of my patriotic civics training or personal confidence that I am innocent, to blindly trust the legal system.
- I must develop “talking points” with my lawyers before speaking to any member of the media.
Do you have a lawyer you can call? Or a USCCA membership to assist you with your legal protection?
USCCA Members, the Critical Response Team will arrange for your attorney when you call the USCCA after your self-defense incident. You can always choose a different attorney or let us know who you’d like to work with now in case the worst would happen. You can see all of the USCCA Attorney Network Attorneys in your Membership Dashboard.