News/Q&A Show: Oct. 22, 2020

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Turning Self-Defense Into An Unlawful Killing: Or, Does Duress Excuse?

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense members-only content! Today we’re responding to an interesting question, related to a use-of-force event caught on video, sent to us by Tammy, one of our Platinum members.  Usually we answer these kinds of questions in our weekly News/Q&A Show (taking place LIVE at 4PM TODAY!), but given the context of the video, and the interesting legal issues Tammy’s question touched upon, we thought this one deserved its own …

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Reasonable APPEARANCE of Imminent Deadly Force Threat

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense members-only content.  Today we’ll take a look at a case that involves a defender sitting in his car in traffic who, during an apparent road rage incident, was approached by an aggressor with a rifle, and who successfully defended himself against that aggressor.  There is, of course, a twist to this case, which we’ll get to in a moment. In terms of self-defense law, this case touches upon …

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Failing to Qualify for Self-Defense Because of … Marijuana

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense members-only content, for October 19, 2020.  Today we’ll take a look at a recent decision out of the Georgia Supreme Court that illustrates how one can lose the right to self-defense completely because of being engaged in conduct that’s technically criminal even if completely non-violent—in this case, the purchase of marijuana.  Only a few states strip a defender of self-defense on this basis, so when I saw this …

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News/Q&A Show: Oct. 15, 2020

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Denver: Provocation with Intent

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content, and once again we’re focused today on the shooting by Matt Dolloff of Lee Keltner in Denver this past weekend. You may recall that in the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings there were mistaken claims that if it turned out Rittenhouse was in unlawful possession of the AR he used to shoot his attackers, that this unlawful possession would destroy his claim of self-defense. I wrote at the …

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Denver Shooting Errors: “OC is Non-Deadly Force!” and “Han Shot First!”

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content, in which we take a look at some of the key issues in this past weekend’s protest/anti-protest shooting in Denver of Lee Keltner by Matt Dolloff. As is often the case in such events the initial “facts” surrounding the shooting are a combination of true facts, propaganda, agenda-driven wishful thinking, mind-reading, projection, and outright lies. Indeed, it’s this factual complexity that so often makes legal analysis …

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Understanding the McCloskey Case:  Most People Are Getting It Wrong

Hey folks, in today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content I’d like to touch upon the McCloskey case, in part prompted by yesterday’s grand jury indictment of them as well as the apparent widespread misunderstanding around the legal issues—practical, theoretical, and political—in this case. The McCloskeys have been indicted on the felony unlawful use of weapons offense with which they were previously charged (a class E felony, good for a four year prison sentence), as …

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How Your Social Media Posts Can Put You in Prison for Life

Hey folks, welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! In today’s content I’d like to share with all of you a couple of news stories that remind us yet again that everything we put on social media is there forever and discoverable by authorities, and may be used against you in a court of law to potentially put you in prison for the rest of your life. As always, I urge all of …

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Shooting Through Your Own Windshield: Lawful Self-Defense? Or Mutual Combat?

Hey folks, welcome back to your Law of Self Defense members-only content. Today I discuss the viral YouTube video of a man shooting through his own windshield at another vehicle while he’s driving 96 mph down a freeway.  The shooter, identified in news reports as one Marco Mazzetta, apparently captured the event on his vehicle’s dash camera, and then posted a version of the video on YouTube.  CCW Safe:  Our Sponsor Now before we …

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