It should be every gun owner's worst fear: you do everything right and protect your life or that of your family and yet you are charged with a crime for self-defense. We are seeing lawful uses of self-defense charged criminally now purely for political reasons. That should terrify anyone who intends to protect their family.
Over the years, we've chronicled bad shoots, mainly where someone looses their temper and uses a gun in a situation that didn't warrant it. In many of these cases, the situation could have been mitigated if the shooter shut their mouth and didn't talk to police. Our society today doesn't tolerate the same use of a gun in situations where generations ago we may have considered it appropriate. While these's guys actions may have been wrong, under the totality of the circumstances a good lawyer and defense might have mitigated the outcome.
But today we're facing a whole new reality. Leftist mobs target people specifically to provoke a reaction out of them and when things get violent and deadly, self-defense is charged as murder. From Kyle Rittenhouse to the McCloskeys in Missouri, being within the law to protect yourself often isn't enough. Leftists can call and demand prosecutions from weak-willed prosecutors.
Each one of us in a blue-leaning area is one shooting away from being on trial for their life, even if we did everything by the book. The right to self-defense is being taken away from us under the threat of prosecution. Justifiable homicide laws exist partly to ensure that if someone uses force legally that they won't face prosecution over it. Yet today prosecutors are showing that they are willing to roll the dice at trial. This is specifically done to produce a chilling effect on the Second Amendment.
In Portland, Mike Strickland, a journalist, was harassed by leftist mobs and forced to draw gun to defend himself. In a totally corrupt trial, he was convicted of a felony. The state appeals court blew off what is an obvious case of prosecutorial and judicial abuse. Now his fate is in the hands of the US Supreme Court where he will likely have his certorari petition denied.
Nevada's legislature has already tried to repeal protections against self-defense and it is only a matter of time before the Bloomberg bought and paid for Democrats succeed in such an attempt. Do you want to be in their crosshairs?
The only solution to this is by throwing out these prosecutors, which isn't possible in every area. There is also another solution, but that one is far uglier and our cold civil war hasn't reach that point yet. I don't think any of us seriously want that.
Once again, I would highly suggest that if you own a gun for self-defense that you purchase CCW insurance. Can you afford an attorney to defend you? Join USCCA and get an on-call legal team, 24/7, with coverage that provides for your defense up front. They also provide for a civil suit defense and liability coverage. Don't rely on a public defender or hope you can talk your way out of trouble with the police. The detectives may be on your side, but will the ambitious deputy district attorney vying for a Democratic legislative seat? Joining USCCA through the below link also helps the blog.
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