Oops: Robber Brings Hatchet to Gunfight

First, I’d like to take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to acknowledge all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that a small-town lawyer like me—and all of you—could have the life, liberty, and the freedom to pursue happiness in security from enemies, foreign and domestic.   Today’s Post of the Day is based on a convenience store robbery in Oregon in which the masked robber’s weapon of choice was a hatchet. Unfortunately …

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Muzzled at the Range: Shoot or No Shoot?

First, I’d like to take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to acknowledge all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that a small-town lawyer like me—and all of you—could have the life, liberty, and the freedom to pursue happiness in security from enemies, foreign and domestic.   Today’s Post of the Day is based on a Facebook inquiry on which I was linked yesterday, a portion of which is shown in the featured …

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Going TO the Fight NEVER Looks Like Self-Defense

Today’s Post of the Day focuses on a recent sentencing in Ohio for a defendant who was convicted felonious assault over the non-fatal shooting of a victim during a confrontation. The case is primarily of interest because of the defendant’s poor judgment in going to the fight, rather than remaining in a position of safety, but also because of the firearms enhancement attached to the underlying assault sentence. The facts described here are as reported …

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Juries: The Best and Worst Parts of Criminal Justice

Today’s Post of the Day involves a verdict in a murder trial out of Akron OH, as reported by the Akron Beacon Journal, that illustrates the peril in which we place ourselves if we find ourselves in front of a jury. The facts of the case are pretty straightforward and common. The Defendant, one Kennae Baker, shot and killed the victim, one D’Andre Pete. The shooting occurred in Pete’s apartment in the same housing complex …

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Gun vs. Fist & Drunken Self-Defense: Ever Lawful?

Today’s Post of the Day comes to us out of trout-rich Ennis MT, and is a bit of a two-fer as it involves both issues of using a gun defensively against a barehanded attack and it also involves the use of deadly defensive force by an intoxicated defender. Can either ever be lawful? Gun versus Fist: Ever Lawful? With respect to using a gun defensively vs. barehanded attack, the rule of proportionality generally requires that …

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Shooting Invader Through Your Front Door: Ever Lawful?

Today’s Post of the Day comes to us out of Honolulu HI and involves a case in which a homeowner shot and killed an apparent home invader banging forcibly on his front door at o-dark-thirty by firing a single rifle round through that door. An unfortunate twist on this case is that the apparent “home invader” was, in fact, a harmless neighbor, and an active duty Navy submariner, who was so intoxicated after a night …

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Crying Wolf: Who Wins from False Claims of Police Abuse?

This Post of the Day explores more recent examples of false claims of police abuse, fabricated by the well established racial grievance industrial complex (RGIC) with the willing support of a well credentialed and poorly educated journalism class, and asks who benefits and who loses from this racially-motivated propaganda. I suggest that such false claims of police abuse benefit the RGIC, at severe cost to civil society generally and to the victims of persecution individually, …

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Stand-Your-Ground: How It Actually Works in Court

Today’s Post of the Day involves an appellate court decision out of Iowa this week that wonderfully illustrates how “Stand-Your-Ground” actually works (or should work) in court. The legal doctrine of “Stand-Your-Ground” is among the most misunderstood by the general public, thanks largely to the racial grievance industrial complex with the assistance of a well-credentialed but poorly educated “journalism” class. Many people perceive “Stand Your Ground” as being some weird alternative way of claiming self-defense, …

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NEW EPISODE! “Calling the Shots” Self-Defense Law Q&A Show

Hey folks, Today’s Post of the Day is the video and audio replay of the new episode of “Calling the Shots,” my new self-defense law LIVE Q&A show, hosted by Alien Gear Holsters, that aired on May 15, 2019. “Calling the Shots” airs live every other Wednesday at the Alien Gear Holsters Facebook page, usually on Wednesdays at 3 PM Pacific time. Before we dive into the show I’d like to remind all of you …

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When Pepper Spray Constitutes Deadly Force

Today’s Post of the Day focuses on a traffic stop in Wisconsin earlier this week in which the stopped driver, identified in news reports as one Joshua T. Martin, apparently pepper sprayed sheriff’s deputy Michael Rosecky, who pulled him over for speeding. In response to being sprayed, Deputy Rosecky immediately drew his pistol and pointed it at Martin, giving commands to Martin to show his hands, but without firing. Martin instead drove off.   You can …

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