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What NOT to Do When Defending Yourself from an Attack

A man aims his semi automatic pistol. Selectively focused on the front of the gun.

Most people hope they will never have to kill a person in self-defense. There are also legal and political reasons we hope to never have to use deadly force.

When you use your weapon for self-defense, you can expect to come under intense scrutiny from the law. One of the best examples was covered in a recent Paul Harrel video in which he discusses the pros and cons of mixing ammunition. He explains that many people mix hollow points with full metal jackets staggered in the magazine. They do this so that they can penetrate a barrier with one round, while not over-penetrating with another. Many people imagine that this would give them a tactical advantage in their home.

While Paul understood this argument, he felt the legal implications are a significant enough downside to make ammo mixing a bad idea. This is not because ammo mixing is illegal. Any legally owned bullet can be used in the same clip with any other, as long as they work in the gun they are loaded in. But the legal implications are purely a matter of perception.

That is to say, the police look at mixed ammunition as a hallmark of criminals. When police find mixed ammunition stored in the same container, they often assume the owner is a criminal. This is because criminals are rarely able to buy their weapons legally. They usually have to steal or find their ammunition, and full homogeneous boxes of bullets can be hard to find that way.

Most responsible gun owners know if we do use our weapons in self-defense, we will have to have a coherent and logical explanation of how and why we shot to kill. The crux of that explanation must be that you had a reason to fear for your life or the life of another and acted reasonably in defense of that life. If you are making your case to a judge, and the prosecutor finds your mixed ammunition casts a shadow on your credibility, then you may have a serious problem.

Another example is cap and ball weapons. These historic guns are not considered firearms by modern standards and can be shipped to a buyer’s home with no FFL. Because of this, those who use cap and ball guns for self-defense may come under scrutiny for attempting to avoid registering their guns. This is despite the fact that they are operating fully within the law when they do so.

Now, this brings us to our next point. Accuracy. The primary advantage of guns made after the turn of the 19th century over cap and ball guns is firepower. A modern handgun can put ten, twenty, or more bullets on a target in a matter of seconds. This is a major sticking point when it comes to defending your actions in court as many frightened homeowners will put way too much lead in their home invader. This can get you into trouble with the law. But there is one more scenario that in today’s hyper-politicized world we are even more concerned about…

Self-defense in the time of a culture war can be a very sticky issue. It has come to pass on several occasions over the previous two years that conservatives have had to defend themselves from Antifa and other left-wing agitators in the streets. On one occasion, an Antifa member was shot in the stomach by a woman who was acting in self-defense.

However, the way this story has been reported is totally fallacious. The media reported the shooting as an act of violence resulting from a gathering of Trump supporters where the violent left-wing agitator was painted as the victim.

We are moving into a period of time when left-wing extremists are becoming increasingly emboldened to use violence against conservatives. But when it comes to defending yourself from these people, you must be extra careful in how you use your tools of self-defense. This is because the media and other people around you have been brainwashed to see you as the aggressor, just because you are not marching in protest of Donald Trump.

For these reasons, if you find yourself in a self-defense situation during a march or other politicized event, we implore you to be practiced with your gun so that you can stop an aggressor with one shot. Do not mix your ammo. Carry legally, and never, ever use excessive force.

We are in the middle of a culture war, and we are working desperately to keep it nonviolent. But even the slightest mistake can tilt the scales toward totalitarianism and totalitarianism always leads to violence.

~ American Gun News


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  2. This has to rank as one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever read. First, while I personally don’t mix ammo if its not illegal it should be a simple matter for anyone who does to prove whether they have a criminal record or not. Second, it is ridiculous to assume that even if someone did steal a firearm that they would have any trouble at all in most states for buying homogeneous ammo of any standard type anywhere legally. Ammo is not regulated the same way firearms are and is easily obtainable without stealing it. Third, many states have no firearm registration at all so if you buy a cap and ball rifle or pistol it is not different than if you went through a background check to buy a firearm in a state like Colorado that does not register pistols, revolvers or rifles that don’t require a special license. Fourth, personally if I am in a self defense situation in which my life is threatened or I believe I am in serioius physical jeopardy, I will shoot until my assailant is totally incapacitated or dead and be worried about how many rounds that takes after I am safe. I have a female companion who has a ccw permit I have told her to shoot until the threat is over. If that takes one shot fine but if it takes more keep shooting. Some folks use small caliber weapons for self defense that do not have a great deal of knock down power so more rounds might be required. This article is one of the worst most poorly thought out articles I have ever read.

  3. Although I understand the point that “criminals can’t buy a gun and must steal one”, but I don’t understand why even a criminal can’t buy ammunition. After all, I’ve never had to show ID to buy ammo anywhere. So, if it works for me (a legal non-criminal), why can’t it work for a criminal?

  4. The gov has ppl scared to defend themselves.I i courage more ppl to carry & believe the more the better

  5. You never tell anyone you are shooting to kill anybody, not even in jest, it constitutes premeditation and can be used in court to show just that.
    The proper answer immediately after the shooting when questioned by PD is, “I fired to neutralize the deadly assault against me or my family”.
    Then talk to a lawyer before you give a written statement.

  6. The best thing you can do is to stay away from large crowds because that is where all of the action occurs.
    Many people today are aware that the trend now is to carry a gun on yourself and if you have to be one of those to feel safe, fine, but I don’t carry on my person as I never go where the crowds are. That doesn’t mean that I’m not armed in some fashion.

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