Approximately ten armed residents are rotating duties each night to stand guard at the entrance of a subdivision in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Amidst lots of the empty, emotive posturing you get at political conventions, last week’s Democratic gathering featured triumphalist cheerleading for gun restrictions . Sensing ballot-box victory within their grasp, the party’s officials pulled out the stops on threadbare proposals to dismiss self-defense rights and disarm civilians. It was as if the convention had beamed in […]
Was the L.A. District Attorney's Husband Acting in Self-Defense When He Threatened to Shoot Protesters on His Porch?
If you were jolted awake at 5 a.m. by an angry clamor in front of your house, followed by a ring of the doorbell, you probably would be alarmed. You might even grab a gun. That’s what David Lacey, husband of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, did on March 2, when Black Lives […]
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago witnessed a 139 percent increase in murder during July 2020 when compared to July 2019.
This question is in the news because of the St. Louis controversy (see, e.g., here and here ); but I thought I’d discuss it more broadly, because the answer is surprisingly unsettled. [1.] To begin with, recall that, as a general matter, you can lawfully use deadly force to prevent death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, or […]
From Justice Massa’s unanimous opinion in Gammons v. State , decided Friday: At his trial for attempted murder and carrying a handgun without a license, Anthony Gammons, Jr. asserted that he acted in self-defense. According to Gammons, he feared for his and his son’s lives when he shot the intoxicated and aggressive Derek Gilbert—testifying that […]
As Democrats and other leftists push to defund the police, gun stores around the country are witnessing a surge in gun and ammunition purchases.
For fans of legal restrictions on self-defense rights, 2020 is a disaster. It provides continuing evidence that to push gun control proposals is to advocate that the likes of Derek Chauvin—the Minneapolis cop who killed George Floyd—should be armed, while the communities they terrorize should be helpless. It is also to insist that when police […]
"When There's an Unarmed Person Coming at Them with a Knife or Something, You Shoot Them in the Leg"
From Yahoo News (David Knowles): “Instead of standing there and teaching a cop, when there’s an unarmed person coming at them with a knife or something, you shoot them in the leg instead of in the heart is a very different thing. There’s a lot of different things that could change,” Biden said in a […]
I touched on this briefly in my looting/shooting post , but I thought I’d elaborate a bit more (especially since the commenters seemed to be interested in both the legal and moral aspects of this question). Note that this is, as usual, not specific legal advice, but just a general layout of how various American […]
From Fox-13 (Ken Suarez & Catherine Hawley) : Sheriff [Grady] Judd … said there’s a difference between a protester and a rioter and rioting will not be accepted…. Judd said there were rumblings on social media that rioters planned to bring violence into the neighborhoods of Polk County. “I would tell them, if you value […]
Twitter flagged President Trump’s below with the label, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible”; it also hid the Tweet so that it wouldn’t be visible until people clicked on it (which I’m pretty confident […]