Stopping a Crime

Should you use your gun to stop a crime?

Most of us own or carry a gun to defend ourselves and our loved ones. But should you try to defend someone outside your immediate family? Should you attempt to stop a crime in progress when you're not directly involved?

Steve Adcock of The Shooting Channel discusses using a gun to stop a crime in a recent article published at The Daily Caller.

Jay Rodney Lewis

The sad story of Jay Rodney Lewis

We all like to think that justice isn't about money. But the fact is that if you defend yourself with a firearm and can't afford basics like legal representation or bail, the consequences can be devastating.

That's what happened to Jay Rodney Lewis. He didn't have enough money to hire a lawyer or pay bail and it destroyed him.

Firearm Attacked in Court

9 ways your firearm can be attacked in court

To most level-headed people, a gun is a gun is a gun. So the equipment you own or carry shouldn't matter if you find yourself in court after a self defense shooting.

After all, when your life is on the line, you're going to use whatever weapon you have at hand.

But as crazy as it seems, some prosecutors will do anything to get a conviction, and that includes trying to turn a jury against you based on the specifics of the firearm or ammo you used to defend yourself.

Here are a few examples:

Brandishing and Warning Shots

Why brandishing, shooting to wound, and warning shots are BAD ideas

For every bit of good advice out there about self defense, there are at least 10 pieces of bad advice.

Some of the very worst advice is about how to avoid the legal fallout of self defense by using a firearm in a non-lethal way, such as brandishing, shooting to wound rather than to kill, and firing one or more warning shots to scare off an attacker.

Dick Heller

Dick Heller talks about Second Call Defense

Dick Heller is the victorious respondent in D.C. v. Heller, a landmark case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

Dick is a good friend of ours, and he's been a fan of Second Call Defense since the beginning. We had a chance to talk at a recent fundraising banquet for Buckeye Firearms Foundation.

Zimmerman Survey

Zimmerman Verdict Survey Results

Last week, we asked people what they thought about the verdict in the George Zimmerman case. A total of 7,718 people responded. Though not a scientific poll, the results are enlightening.

1. Do you agree with the verdict?

Yes - 95.8%

No - 4.2%

Sample comments:

It was self defense against a younger, probably stronger opponent.

Everyone has a right to defend themselves!

He is guilty of bad judgment and a little over eager but not murder.


Zimmerman Verdict

ZIMMERMAN VERDICT SURVEY - Tell us what you think

George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Zimmerman says Martin attacked him, punching him in the face and slamming his head into a sidewalk, before he was forced to use his concealed firearm to shoot Martin in self defense.

Martin's lawyers say Zimmerman racially profiled Martin, got out of his car to follow him, then confronted and murdered the youth without justification.

Zimmerman Lessons

What George Zimmerman can teach us about legal defense

by Sean Maloney, Defense Attorney

If you learn just one thing about armed self defense from the trial of George Zimmerman, it is this ...


Subjecting yourself to a police investigation, interrogation from multiple officers, and a reenactment of the incident on-camera without representation as Zimmerman did is nothing short of insane. And it could be a death sentence, or in this case a potential sentence of life in prison.

Excited Utterance

Beware the "excited utterance" when talking to law enforcement

One of the most important concepts to understand in the laws of evidence is what is referred to as the "excited utterance."

An excited utterance is a statement made in response to a shocking event.