Thanks for your thoughts. We’re living in very confusing times. I upgraded my membership in USCCA to platinum so I could access the lawyers’ sections that you don’t get with the basic membership. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get to them in detail yet. I believe they will be helpful. I’m grateful for the USCCA insurance, and their customer service, magazine and training are [usually] quite good – as good as anything elsewhere. They are just a bit sales oriented, but given the service they provide, I think it’s probably necessary, and if the folks at the top of the business side are making a good living at this, it’s OK by me. They provide a pretty unique service and insurance policy.
They are also extremely persistent in making sure that if anyone ever has to make that call for a USCCA lawyer, that USCCA has done their level best to make sure that the person “did it right” – which is a daunting proposition since there are so many possible ways in which situations might play out.
I greatly appreciate their emphasis on constant situational awareness, and on NOT going to places or being involved in things that might result in having to defend ones self. And on the training side so if things just can’t be avoided, one has the best chance of survival possible. After which comes an inescapable aftermath – being pilloried by your community (many of us live in such communities) and/or being the victim of further violence by the bad guy’s family, associates, or these days, the mob response to an terrible situation that no one would have desired – but which was forced upon the person defending themselves.
I’ll keep your email handy, and when I get to the answers to the questions we’re asking (I think we’re asking the same thing, and I think there is some additional info that USCCA will provide) I’ll pass it your way. Please feel free to nudge my email elbow in a couple of weeks.
One of the problems for any legal opinion though, is that every state will have a different take on defending person or property – some will forbid defending property entirely, and if you place yourself in a “have to shoot” position… for PROPERTY, you may be bound for jail time and/or murder (at least manslaughter) charges that you could not escape. One would be alive, but in prison. A better than dead option, but a very very tough one for one of us the “good guys” – I’ve had some interesting training over the years, and my conclusion is that I would not do well in prison. If available, I might have to request solitary in order to survive [if that would even be an option] – but years in solitary are VERY difficult… but again, based on training and experience I think I’d survive that and not the general prison population. (No jail time or convictions of any kind or anything like that in my life – just interesting training and experiences).
I believe my faith in God would sustain me, but I don’t think I have any illusions about the experience. That faith is a whole other discussion – I’d be glad to have it as that faith has been made real to me through the gospel of the messiah Jesus. I think that particular faith is a sound and rational conclusion and response with regard to life and the universe, although faith is still required. It’s a good news, bad news, amazingly great news story. (Any time – Happy to discuss).
So – we stay as alert as we can, stay as far from any kind of trouble as we can, and we pray that if we ever have to defend our families or ourselves from death or maiming, we’ll do just the right thing all the way through… whatever that might be. And we train.
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