VIDEO: “The Value of Tactical Retreat to a Legally-Sound Self-Defense Strategy”

Hey folks, Below is another of the video clips resulting from Glen Bland’s interview of yours truly. This one is only a couple of minutes long, and is focused on the value of tactical retreat to a legally-sound self-defense strategy. Building a legally-sound self-defense strategy is the culminating topic of both “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” and the Law of Self Defense Seminars. Of course, retreat should only ever be attempted if it …

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No “Make-My-Day” Immunity for Colorado Woman Who Killed Estranged Boyfriend

Hey folks, A Colorado judge denied immunity under the state’s “Make My Day” law to a woman charged with 1st degree murder. The defendant, Marla Abling, has been charged with first degree murder for the strangulation killing of her estranged boyfriend, Rory Alba. The couple had a history of alleged domestic violence, and Abling had obtained a temporary restraining order that forbid Alba from going to Abling’s apartment. Despite this, Alba was in Abling’s apartment …

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VIDEO: Self-Defense Attorney Andrew Branca: The Reality and Politics of “Stand Your Ground”

Here’s another video clip from the lengthy interview of yours truly by Glen Evans, of Warrior Men and Self Defense Digest. Here we discuss the legal realities of “Stand Your Ground”, and distinguish between the tactical application of “Stand Your Ground” on the one hand and self-defense immunity laws on the other–two very different legal constructs that are two often incorrectly conflated. [UPDATE: Sorry, folks, this video seems to have disappeared off Youtube.]

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AUDIO: Triangle Tactical podcast talks “The Law of Self Defense”

Lucas Apps and his co-host Ben were kind enough to focus 20 minutes of their Triangle Tactical podcast on “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition”. Their entire podcast is worth listening to (it’s #51 in their series), but I’ve redacted about 20 minutes of the LOSD-specific stuff below. They also offer a $5 discount off an Amazon.com purchase of “The Law of Self Defense” on their website, if you use the link on their post …

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Trooper Stan W. Scott, No. 3 Army Commandos, on the proper use of the Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting knife

Hey folks, This post doesn’t involve the law of self-defense, but was so purely awesome I felt compelled to share it with you. I came across this video at the fantastic blog, “No Lawyers, Only Guns & Money”, and I am “stealing” it to post here.  But seriously, check out their blog, it’s just great. Anyway, here we have a young man, Trooper Stan W. Scott, from the No. 3 Army Commandos, Second World War, who …

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“The Crisis: These are the times that try men’s souls.” — Thomas Paine

“The Crisis” by Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776 THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What …

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VIDEO: Range Rover Deliberately Runs Over Motorcyclists–Justifiable Self-Defense?

I’ve been asked numerous times now to do a blog post about the incident in New York in which the driver of a Land Rover ran over several motorcyclists, seriously injuring at least one of them, and was then pursued and badly beaten by the riders. So, here it is . . . (Full disclosure: I am a motorcyclist myself, riding several thousand miles a year in the saddle of a BMW R1200GS Adventure. I’m …

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Kind Words of Praise from Mas Ayoob

I’ve long been a subscriber to the Glock Talk forum, a particularly high-quality and well-run gun forum, but with LOSD Seminars every other weekend and numerous LOSD state-specific books in the works I just don’t have much time these days for visiting any forums. I was fortunate, then, that a friend alerted me to the following Glock Talk exchange: Hi Mas, I’m thinking of attending this upcoming seminar on the Atlanta stop. https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8716117141 http://lawofselfdefense.com/seminars/ Until …

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. . . because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.

This was sent to me by my little sister: May none of our daughters ever be reliant for their personal safety on the flimsy hope that a person of known violent character will defer their natural reactions at the instruction of “just a piece of paper.” ––Andrew, @LawSelfDefense Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self …

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VIDEO: Self-Defense Attorney Branca Interview: No-shoot Scenario Training, Specialized Knowledge Evidence

Hey folks, Glen Evans , of Warrior Men, was kind enough to send me a bunch more video clips of his recent interview of me.  They’re each pretty brief, around 5 minutes each, and cover some interesting facet of self-defense and the law. In the clip below, we discuss the importance of integrating into training scenarios that cover the entire continuum of the defensive force, from simply walking away from a challenge at one end …

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