Be Professionally-Informed, More Confident, More Decisive

Welcome back to our ongoing video discussion of defense of property!

You’ll recall that in my first video in this series I talked about how most of the sources of information available on defense of property law were bad sources of information, including sources you’d expect to be reliable, such as most lawyers, cops, and firearms instructors.

In my second video in this series, I shared with your how complicated defense of property law can be, far more complicated than self-defense or defense of persons law, and we stepped through the top 10 traps, vulnerabilities, and misinformation that normal, on which law-abiding citizens defending their property tend to get tripped up.

(Incidentally, if you missed either of those earlier videos, I urge you to click here watch them, then come back here and re-start this video.)

Today in this third video my goal is to give you an understanding of how even given how poor most sources of defense of property law are, and even given how complicated defense of property law can be, that you don’t have to be that typical ill-informed law-abiding citizen who is uncertain about what they’re allowed to do in defense of their stuff and their home without unknowingly stepping beyond the legal boundaries and making themselves easy to convict.

Instead, you can be a different person entirely: You can be a defense of property expert, professionally-informed on the laws that govern the use of force in defense of property, and able to make more confident and more decisive decisions to protect your stuff and your home from criminal predators.

Professionally-informed, more confident, more decisive.

That sounds pretty good to me, and I expect it does to you, as well.

I do want to emphasize one important point—having acquired this professional, expert-level knowledge of defense of property doesn’t simply mean you’ll know the best way to use force to defend your stuff, period.

No, you’ll have a much higher-level understanding of defense of property law than that. You’ll know that sometimes the best choice, the optimal path, the call that a well-informed professional would make, is to not use force at all. That’s right, just let the property go, and if possible seek non-forcible ways of making yourself whole.

Because the simple truth is that any time you go hands-on in a confrontation, you’ve just incurred two risks you weren’t incurring a moment before. A greater than zero risk of dying in the physical confrontation, and a greater than zero risk of spending much of the rest of your life in prison.

You train in self-defense so that you reduce the risk of losing the physical fight to as close to zero as possible: but the risk is never zero.

You train in the law of self-defense so that you reduce your risk of losing the legal fight to as close to zero s possible: but, again, the risk is never zero.

There are circumstances in which it’s worth incurring even those terrible risks. But not every circumstance justifies such risks, and for most of us it’s probably the case that most property doesn’t meet the threshold necessary to incur such risks.

Now, I’m not telling you where to draw that line. Each of us has to make our own, personal assessment of where we’re prepared to use force in defense of ourselves, our family, other people, and property. We’ll likely each do so in slightly different places.

All I can do is help you make that choice, help you decide where to draw your own line, in a well-informed, professional manner.

And one side of the line, wherever you draw it, is going to be the side where you have pre-determined that scenario X is not one in which you’re prepared to incur the physical and legal risks of a confrontation.

The other side of the line, however, is the side that matters—that’s the side where you’ve pre-determined that you are prepared to incur the physical and legal risks of a confrontation, where the stakes you’re fighting for are sufficiently important that you’re willing to incur the risks of death and imprisonment.

On that side of the line you’ll be fighting, and if you’re fighting you need to win, you absolutely must win, or everything else becomes less pressing. Most of what you need to win that fight will be done in the weeks, and months, and years before it ever happens, in your physical self-defense training and practice.

That said, whereas my own emphasis is to help you be well-positioned to win the legal fight, to make you hard to convict, because you knew were the legal boundaries were and you stayed within them, it’s also true that having a professional-level understanding of the laws that govern defense of property will also help you win the physical fight.

That’s right, a professional-level understanding of defense of property law will not only vastly improve your prospects of avoiding prison, it will substantively help you stay alive.

Does that sound ridiculous, the notion that a law course could help keep you alive? I can assure you it’s not at all. Let me explain.

Normal, law-abiding people like us don’t tend to get into trouble at the extreme ends of the use-of-force continuum. If there’s no imminent threat to deal with, we obviously just go about our day. On the other hand, if some maniac steps out of a nearby doorway aggressively wielding a machete within striking distance, there’s no complicated analysis required there—you simply defend yourself.

No, where normal law-abiding people like you and me tend to get into trouble, in both the physical and legal fight, is in the space between those two extremes. Why? Because it’s in the zone between those two extremes that we find uncertainty, ambiguity. There’s apparently some danger, but is it real? If it’s real, is it avoidable? If it’s not avoidable, is it sufficient to warrant engagement? If so, how much engagement? Just non-deadly force? Deadly force? If I go to force, have the legal conditions been met, or will I survive the fight only to spend much of the rest of my life in jail?

And that uncertainty is paralyzing not just in terms of the mind, but in terms of being able to effectively execute a physical defense. In short, that uncertainty only makes it more likely that the physical fight will be lost.

It’s in that middle space between the extremes of the threat continuum, what I call the zone of ambiguity, where the real danger, the portion of the danger that’s subject to your preparation and will, lives. And it’s that portion of the danger that we can have the most dramatic mitigating effect on.

How? By stripping away that ambiguity, that uncertainty.

And how do we do that? By acquiring a professional-level understanding of when we’re allowed to use defensive force, under what circumstances, so we can make expertly informed, more confident, and more decisive decisions in physical self-defense.

Sound familiar? Professionally-informed, more confident, more decisive.

That is where I want you to be, and it’s the mission of Law of Self Defense to take you there, to provide you with that professional education in defense of property law precisely so you’ll be expertly informed, more confident, and able to be more decisive in your use of force decision-making.

And that professional level of information, that confidence, that decisiveness, is equally important whether your decision is to abstain from using force and let the property go, or whether the circumstances are such that you’re prepared to fight 200% to win that engagement.

Professionally-informed, more confident, more decisive.

That’s where we want you to be, where we want to bring you.

And I expect that’s where you want to be, as well.

The great news is we’ve designed our newest course on “Defense of Property” to do precisely that, easily, efficiently, and especially during the launch week of this new course, at a ridiculously low cost.

Precisely how we accomplish all that, however, is going to be the subject for tomorrow’s video in this series, so I know you’ll want to join us for that one, as well.

It’s in that video tomorrow where we’ll share with you precisely how the specific content of this new defense of property course is carefully designed to align with that core mission of positioning you to be the guy who possesses genuine expertise, actionable expertise, on the laws governing defense of property, and who as a result can make those professionally informed, more confident, more decisive use of force decisions.

I know you don’t want to miss tomorrow’s video, so if you haven’t already you’ll want to type in your state and email address in the boxes to the right of this video, and click the “Stay Up To Date” button.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Until then, remember:

You carry a gun so you’re hard to kill.

Know the law so you’re hard to convict.


Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC
Law of Self Defense CONSULT Program


1 thought on “Be Professionally-Informed, More Confident, More Decisive”

  1. Property is a phenomenal module. I truly hope to see more in the future, particularly a deeper dive into presumption and controverting evidence. In states that make statutory provisions for presumptive deadly force on HDP (1) who determines presumption? (2) when or where is presumption determined? For example, is it typically anterior to trial in raising immunity claims or reserved for triers of fact with jury instructions? Generally speaking, what order of application of the authorities understanding one may always raise a claim of lawful self-defense if the five elements cannot be overcome by prosecution’s evidence and narrative to the jury’s satisfaction.

    Is there a state-level module that would illustrate the general question? Is Texas, even if an LDP outlier among the 50 states, a robust example? Maybe the better question is what five state modules would likely provide a continuum for a student who has already completed Level 1, Level 2 (my state), and Property?

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