Unarmed and Dangerous

Does unarmed mean not dangerous?

If you've been following the continuing story of the police officer who shot a teenager in Ferguson Missouri, you will have noticed a theme that runs through all the reporting, even in conservative media where reporters generally align with self-defense rights.

The theme is summed up in one word: unarmed.

Here are just a few random examples from among thousand of references online, on TV, and in print news:

Gun Control Myths

5 Common Gun Control Myths

If you've ever talked about guns or concealed carry with a group of people, you've probably encountered that one person who tried to convince everyone that guns are evil and do more harm than good.

Typically, it's someone who doesn't own a gun, has never shot a gun, and knows next to nothing about guns outside of what they've seen in movies and TV shows. The myths they've come to believe are not just incorrect, but wildly wrong and almost always originate with professional gun control fanatics.

Hating Your Attacker

Is deadly force legal if you HATE your attacker?

When we talk about using deadly force legally, we generally define it like this:

Deadly force is justified only to prevent the imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.

So, you're in your house minding your own business. A man bursts through the back door waving a machete. And you shoot him because you fear for your life. Pretty simple concept, right?

But what if in addition to fear you also feel "hatred" toward the person you shoot? Should that make any difference?

Avoidance

Avoidance: A Key Self Defense Tactic

Most self defense firearms training focuses on shooting tactics: grip, stance, draw, trigger control, clearing drills, and so on.

This is all important stuff. When you make the decision to own or carry a firearm, you'd darned well better make sure you know what you're doing when you decide to use the gun to defend yourself or others.

You Never Know

You never know when you'll have to defend yourself

A lot of people are carrying concealed these days. But many don't carry all the time.

One thing you'll hear many of these gun owners say is "Oh, I really don't have to carry when I'm going to the grocery store or safe places like that. I only carry when I'm going to be in an unfamiliar place."

Here are results from a survey we did earlier this year on concealed carry. When ask how often they carry, respondents said:

Recruiting Success

Kevin Sadeski honored for recruiting success

For gun owners living in Central Ohio, the name Kevin Sadeski is synonymous with concealed carry.

Chief Instructor at Armed2Defend, Kevin has personally trained over 7,000 students giving them the life-savings confidence to know when and how to use a firearm for self-defense.

CCW Insurance

Do you need Concealed Carry Insurance?

It's no secret that some people are not fans of concealed carry. And now that it's legal in every state, these people are looking for ways to make carrying concealed as difficult as possible.

One suggestion that keeps coming up is forcing ccw licensees to buy concealed carry insurance. The argument is that since armed self defense can lead to legal liability, some form of concealed carry liability insurance should be required just as it often is for other potentially dangerous activities, such as driving a car.

Theodore Wafer Guilty

Theodore Wafer has been found guilty of Second Degree Murder/Voluntary Manslaughter and weapons charges

Just how much trouble can you make for yourself when you talk too much after a shooting? Here's an example from the "porch shooting" trial of Theodore Wafer.

Note that this particular case may not be an example of a "good" self defense shooting, however it shows that what you say to police can have a dramatic impact on the outcome of a trial.

Indicted for Murder

You can be indicted for murder even if deadly force is justified

It's surprising how naive some gun owners are about what can happen after they use a gun in self defense.

Again and again, we hear people say that they have a "right" to defend themselves and that the "law says" they can shoot someone if their life is at stake. So they think "why should I worry about legal consequences?"

Recruiter at Bass Pro

Recruiter sets up booth at Bass Pro Shop

We have recruiters in all 50 states to spread the word about Second Call Defense and make people aware of the legal and financial risks of using a firearm to defend yourself.

Many of our recruiters also sign up members for the NRA, so they can do "double duty" when they're talking to people.

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