According to the attorneys present at this workshop, both prosecuting and defense, uttering the words “I’ll shoot” can and usually is used against you. They say it’s not hard to convince a jury that your intent was to kill someone. In other words, they will turn you into a blood hungry gun owner.
Best to stop after “Stop, I am armed.” If they’re armed you should be telling them to drop whatever it is they’re armed with and “ask” (tell) them “don’t make me do this.” This statement takes the onus off you the defender and puts it back on the offender. They knew the consequences of their actions and continued the attack.
I’m curious, what kind of workshop was this. Do they have much if any actual experience with self defense cases? What state because this is counter to just about everything I’ve ever been told or taught by self defense specialists as well as the text of the self defense statutes in most of the states I’ve studied up on.
It was a gun owners seminar - during the discussion about the responsibilities etc the question came up from another CCW holder regarding the use of force spectrum.
The don’t say I’m going to shoot was in response to a question about their use of force+1 statement. They went around the room asking CCW holders and non-holders what they would say to someone. They were all a semblance of “I’ll shoot.”
The below was stated by a defense attorney in response to the DA saying with the statements from those who know/know of you and a search of your social media/internet history he could twist and turn “I’ll shoot” to meet the requirements of pre-meditated murder.
The defense attorney wasn’t shy about agreeing with the DA which is when he gave the “STOP! I am armed. DROP the WEAPON! DON’T make me do this!” statement.
The defense attorney is very experienced - I personally would take the advice of a defense attorney over a self defense specialist or authors.
Ok so that’s a completely different context than what I was discussing which is the threat of the use of force to stop an incident that is escalating which is specifically allowed by statute in most states.
Yes it is a different context. Your internet history and how you act prior to a defensive encounter can all be used against you.
If you run around playing tough guy/gal on the net basically stating you’re going to shoot someone the first chance you get and think you can get away with it or use otherwise reckless language, have T Shirts, bumper stickers, signs etc with slogans like, “Kill’m all and let God Sort’m out” those things will absolutely make your case more difficult.
The context here is during a defensive encounter and the lawful use of force, or lawfully threatening the use of force/deadly force to deescalate a situation and avoid having to use that force.
“Stop or I’ll shoot” is a very specific and quite accepted threat of deadly force where such force or threat of same is lawful.
Now “Stop or I’ll Kill you” or, “Stop or I’ll blow your #(%@ head off”, takes it to a different level and could easily complicate your case if the situation does escalate to you having to use deadly force.
I haven’t looked at the laws of CA yet, but why give the DA extra ammo by saying you’re going to shoot instead of using the language that indicates what you’re really trying to do: get the threat to stop.
Or “Stay back! Get away from me! Drop your weapon!”
That way you’re being very concise about what you want the attacker to do and you’re not giving the DA any additional ammo against you.
I wasn’t there but again, I wish you’d answer the question because if it is lawful then there is no lawful basis for making such a statement and I think you simply misheard or misunderstood what was said at the meeting if indeed this is a defense atty who practices self defense law.
In all my years I have never heard such a statement from an attorney and I’ve talked directly with over a hundred of them on this subject and listened to dozens of them for whom “gun law” and “self defense law” are their specialties.