Even though the parking lot was dark, Joe could clearly see it in what was in the guy’s hand…
It was a baseball bat… and the other 3 hoodlums also moved into “attack position” as Joe made his way to his car and – fearing for his life – pulled his concealed handgun from its holster and forcefully shouted at them…
… “STAND BACK!”
Joe didn’t have to fire a shot – the thugs backed off – and a passing police officer noticed the confrontation and stopped to hear both sides of the story.
A few months (and a mountain of lawyer bills) later, Joe Nichols is facing a 5-year sentence for Felony Menacing (called “brandishing” in some states) – a verdict that would make him a “felon for life” and perhaps never able to legally own a firearm again.
Joe’s wife and kids prayed for a miracle from their courtroom seats and…
It Looked Like A Legit “Self-Defense” Encounter –
Until The Jury Saw THIS Piece Of Paper…
Here’s how the transcript would likely sound during the DA’s cross examination of Joe…
DA: “Mr. Nichols you pulled that gun to scare these kids didn’t you? They weren’t really bothering you at all, you just had to show them you had the upper hand didn’t you, and that you had a pistol?”
JOE: “No, there were four of them, they were all moving to position on me at the same time and it was obvious they planned to attack me … I was in fear for my life.”
DA: “In fear for your life? You’re saying you wouldn’t have displayed your gun and menaced these kids if you didn’t feel threatened?”
JOE: “Well of course I wouldn’t.”
DA : “That puzzles me Mr. Nichols because on the ‘Guns a Blazing Blog’ two months ago, someone posted how he felt a little uncomfortable when four youths were around him in a subway car.
In response, you commented – and I quote – you wrote: ‘If that were me, those little sons of bitches would sh-t their pants when they saw my gun’. Now which is it sir, were you lying then… or are you lying NOW?!“
A little scary to think about, but this is the way courtrooms and DA’s really work.
Congress and the American Bar Assoc. say it’s legal to use anything you post online against you in court… and you can be damn sure the DA will twist it ‘six ways from Hell’ to boot.
Now ask yourself… what have YOU posted on-line for eternity?
Here Are 4 Ways To Avoid A “Guilty” Verdict
If You’re Ever Forced To Pull The Trigger…
1. ALL Lives Matter (So LIVE IT!)
Life is precious and shooting someone isn’t “fun” – no matter how much you think they deserve it.
Ask any police officer or soldier who’s had to watch someone die from a bullet from their weapon – even when their target was trying to kill them!
Pulling the trigger may be necessary to save your life or the life of someone you love – but the psychological scars are long-lasting.
Even more so if you’re unable to attend your kid’s and grand-kid’s birthdays, graduations, weddings, etc. because you’re spending the rest of your life behind bars.
Don’t stroke your ego with b.s. smack-talk to your friends and in online comments.
2. Save The Sarcasm And Jokes
When you do post online, remember… “sarcasm” can’t be seen on a computer screen… nor when “printed” out on paper.
When the DA or Judge holds up a print-out of your blog comment about how “all those little dirtbags would be pushin’ up daisies in my backyard if they ever tried that with me”, it WON’T be read with a snicker and giggle to the jury.
It will be read as if you’re the neighborhood “gun-nut” who should be locked up “before you strike again”.
Grow up and be professional with your comments.
3. “Reverse” Your Public Image
Ok, so you’ve done your analysis and you’re thinking of all those “oopsies” you’ve littered around the internet that can be used against you now, eh?
Don’t worry – you’re not screwed (yet)…
It actually HELPS if you post comments online to show how your views have “changed”… but ONLY if you actually know your legal responsibilities in a shooting.
More on this in a second…
4. Adopt A “Legal Mind-Set”
I think it’s completely irresponsible for any gun-owner to not fully understand the correct legal justification of when you can even pull out your “smoke wagon” in the first place.
I can tell you that 90% of the gun-owners I talk to are absolutely clueless about their “shoot-don’t shoot” decision-making (even those who consider themselves “experts”).
Attorneys LOVE numbskull gun-owners who don’t understand the legal system.
They’ll run circles around you on the stand unless you can INTELLIGENTLY explain why you felt you were justified to pull the trigger.
You don’t have to be a lawyer… but you DO have to know your legal responsibilities of when you can even pull out your firearm, let alone fire it (even in self-defense).
Yes – One Wrong Move Can RUIN The Rest Of Your Life!
As you can see, the courtroom can be a virtual minefield of mistakes that can ruin the rest of your life.
The “Reasonable Man Doctrine” is what allows the prosecutor to pull in your frame of mind before the shooting as evidence against you.
But YOU can use this same Doctrine to your advantage as well by showing your efforts to take your legal responsibility seriously.
One way is to take a legal class that could back you up as “proof” of your prior knowledge before you were attacked.
But those are hard to come by and VERY expensive (lawyers aren’t cheap, you know.)
As an alternative, our Bulletproof Defense online training course starts with this not-so-simple “Shoot – Don’t Shoot” video quiz that shows you how one wrong move can ruin the rest of your life!
Then, the course itself not only shows you your legal responsibilities in a clear, concise and “visual way” (without all that “lawyer speak”), but it ALSO gives you the evidence you need if you ever have to defend your actions in a court of law.
You see, your certificate of completion can actually be submitted as evidential PROOF that you knew what you were doing when you defended yourself.
Not “tactically”… I’m talking LEGALLY!
But you MUST show that you took the course BEFORE you were forced to fire, or it does you no good in court.
I believe every single gun-owner is naked (in legal terms) without it.