Saturday, June 27, 2009

Self-defense and Domestic Violence

When someone on the Left tells you that you are more likely to shoot someone you know, send them this story. Prince George's Woman Fatally Shoots Husband in Apparent Act of Self-Defense - washingtonpost.com

Yes, she shot someone she knew. Yes, she shot a "family member."

But she also defended herself from attack by a man who appears to have been in violation of a restraining order.

One of the reasons that restraining orders are interesting legal documents - if not bulletproof vests - is in situations like this. They give some credence to your claims in the aftermath of defending yourself.
The circumstances of the incident are unclear, but police think that the shooting "appears to have been in self-defense," said Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Prince George's police department. Wilson, police said, had violated an active protective order when he attacked his wife.
But it is important to note that the restraining order did not save her. She saved herself from attack, by having the means to defend herself.

Back in the distant past, when I was an NRA safety instructor, we told people that if you ever have to defend yourself, you will probably be arrested. "Every bullet comes with a lawyer attached."

Still, self-defense is a human right.

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