The Brutal Reality of Armed Self Defense in the Real World
If you think you’re prepared for armed self defense just because you’ve seen it on TV and in the movies, you may be in for a horrible surprise.
It is almost NEVER like the movies. In the real world when your life is on the line, or your family is seconds from being killed, self defense is fast, brutal, and terrifying!
Imagine this …
It’s 3 a.m. You and your wife are asleep. Your children are down the hall. Suddenly, a loud crash wakes you up. You can’t be sure, but it sounds like a window being broken downstairs.
Then you hear voices. Have a group of intruders entered your house? It sounds like they’re moving through your home and coming closer.
Is this real? Can this really be happening?
You’re still half asleep. And as the panic explodes in your brain, you fumble to open the drawer in the nightstand and grab a gun with shaking hands.
You want to wake your wife and secure your children. But seconds later, a dark figure appears at your bedroom door.
You can’t breathe. It feels like your heart is leaping out of your chest. There’s no time to think. Your vision narrows. Your ears pound with the sound of your rapid heartbeat. The figure moves toward you.
It’s like you’re watching it all happen from across the room as you hear BANG BANG BANG!
Now your wife is screaming in terror. Your children run out of their room crying. The figure starts swinging his arms battering your face. There’s something in his hand. A knife? Are you being stabbed? You can’t see it. It’s too dark. Everything is happening too fast.
You hear it again, seemingly from far away. BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
Now you can’t see the figure. Where did he go?
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You knock over a lamp trying to turn it on. The adrenaline is racing through your veins. You stumble out into the hallway and almost trip over the figure lying on the blood-stained floor.
How did he get out here? You didn’t see him run. You were desperately trying to protect yourself and your family from a home invasion, right?
As your wife grabs the sobbing children, you pick up the phone. You don’t know if the person you shot is dead or if others are still in your house.
That’s when you begin to feel sick to your stomach.
You don’t even remember dialing 911 when the operator suddenly says, “911. What is your emergency?”
Your mind is racing and you can barely hear yourself talk, so you scream into the phone, “I killed him! I think. I don’t know. The man had no right to be here and he tried to stab me and I pulled the trigger when I saw him and he got just what he deserved because we were all asleep and it’s not like I wanted to shoot him but it just happened so fast and I don’t even remember ...”
The 911 operator tells you to calm down and tell her what happened. You’re upset and don’t know what you’re saying. You also don’t realize that every word you say in your alarmed state is being recorded when you look down at the still body at your feet and gasp, “Oh my God!”
The “man” who attacked you is actually a young boy. And he doesn’t have a knife in his hand … he’s holding a broken cell phone. And while your vision begins to clear, you can see gun shot wounds in his back. You realize you shot him as he turned to run away!
You keep rambling on the 911 call, “I didn’t mean to do that. That was an accident. I swear he had a knife. I saw it. Or something. I don’t know. Oh my God what have I done. This was a mistake. The gun just went off.”
Now what? You know you were attacked. You know you had no choice. But will the police see it that way? What will a grand jury think when they hear you say on the 911 call that you shot a boy by mistake. What will a prosecutor say in court when he presents evidence showing you shot an “innocent” young man armed only with a harmless cell phone, then chased him down and shot him in the back as he ran away?
He may even argue that the boy is the victim because he didn’t even see you and he was just waving his arms to defend himself against an “unprovoked” attack.
You find out later, the boy is part of a gang of young criminals who rob homes for cash and guns, sometimes severely beating the homeowners. But the jury never hears that. Perhaps all they hear is that no one else was in the house and the voices you heard came from the boy’s phone with the speaker turned up.
The red and blue lights of several police cars flicker through your windows.
What will you say? What should you NOT say? Will you be arrested? Is there an aggressive prosecutor in your area who doesn’t like people owning guns? Can you afford a lawyer if charges are brought against you? What will happen to your family?
Will the boy’s family sue you for everything you own?
You feel completely alone and helpless. You survived the physical attack and protected yourself and your family, but how will you survive the aftermath? You’re not even sure you did the right thing. You start to doubt yourself. Another wave of panic washes over you.
You’re alive. But it’s starting to feel like your life just ended.
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