POTD: Hammer Attack Proportionality: Deadly Force = Deadly Force

Today’s Post of the Day involves a video clip forwarded to me by a member of the Law of Self Defense Community (thanks, Frank S.!) and provides a good opportunity to illustrate a particular facet of the element of proportionality—one of the five elements of a claim of self-defense—particularly in the context of differentiating the continuum of force as it exists, or not, with respect to deadly force versus non-deadly force. I’m going to caution …

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Law of Self Defense Show (2/18/19)

In this week’s Law of Self Defense Show we started a new occasional segment entitled “Self-Defense Law Terms That Don’t Mean What You (Probably) Think They Mean.” We also announced a flash 50% off sale on our state-specific Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Classes for the states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Sale in effect only through Wednesday, February 20! This week we focused on the often misused term “affirmative defense,” …

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POTD: ISIS Brings Knife to Gunfight, Gets Shot

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona has released, under court order, the body camera footage of Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Wells, who stopped accused ISIS knife attacker Ismail Hamed the old-fashioned way—by demonstrating once again why it’s not a good idea to bring a knife to a gunfight. Hamed now stands charged by Arizona authorities with aggravated assault and terrorism. (As reported by AZ Central.) The events took place on January 7, but the body …

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POTD: Fake Gun Robbery, Felony Murder & 42 Shots !!

Today’s Post of the Day involves the police response to an armed robbery by a career criminal in New York City two days ago that resulted in the death of a police Detective and the wounding of police Sergeant, as reported by the New York Post and other news sources. As it would turn out that the robber’s gun was a realistic-looking fake, both police injuries were obviously the result of friendly fire from the …

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COTW: Did Police Shoot Suspect for ‘Crime” of Sleeping in Car?

This Case of the Week is about a police use-of-force event in California this past Saturday night in which six police officers shot and killed a suspect, as reported by The Hill, which in turn cites The Guardian. (Hat tip to Tim G. on Facebook for forwarding me this story.) What’s notable about the post, in a totally expected manner, is how hard the “journalists” writing about this event are working to make it appear …

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Law of Self Defense Show (2/11/19)

This week’s Law of Self Defense Show is a Q&A episode, in which we address selected questions and scenarios submitted for our consideration by email to show@lawofselfdefense.com. Questions we address this week include: 1. “Using a handgun to fight way to long gun, in context of home defense.” 2. “Instructor liability for conduct of student; different for NRA vs. own course content?” 3. “Threat of deadly force to detain burglars of someone else’s home.” 4. “Liability …

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POTD: WTF? Citizen Shoots At Fleeing Traffic Stop Suspect

This Post of the Day is on a shooting in Cleveland OH in which an armed citizen took it upon himself to intervene in a troublesome traffic stop, apparently absent any request to do so, and ultimately fire four rounds at the suspect as the suspect drove away. Many people have been wondering whether that armed citizen didn’t run a substantial risk of being shot himself by the police officer. After all, the officer already …

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