Self Defense: Is it good or bad? How much should you apply? When should you apply it? What should you use for self defense?
There are many high profile cases in the media lately. There was the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. George Zimmerman claims he was attacked by Trayvon Martin and was forced to defend himself by shooting the teen once in the chest. A trial eventually ruled in favor.
Marissa Alexander is woman who claimed that she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband in self defense. Her husband fled the house with the kids and called 911. Alexander was arrested and after a trial was convicted and currently faces 20 years due to mandatory sentencing laws. She is awaiting a resentencing court date.
I believe that self defense is always a good thing and that you should be able to apply as much as is necessary to stop the threat using whatever weapon best helps you. Many self defense situations end before anybody gets hurt because the aggressor runs away when he or she sees a weapon.
GZ was unable to leave due to being on the ground with TM on top of him. Classic case of self defense.
Marissa Alexander left the room, went to her vehicle in the garage and retrieved her gun. She passed multiple exits from the home coming and going. She then returned to the kitchen and fired a shot at her husband. Not self defense.
Lets try very hard not to turn this into a Gun Control issue. Guns are effective tools for people to use in self defense situations.
Please don't focus on just the mentioned cases. Feel free to bring up other cases to discuss.
Last edited by LDSman; 21st March 2014 at 3:50 AM.
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