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Because you believe it could happen to you, you’ve PREPARED and acquired TOOLS to give you a chance of winning that PHYSICAL fight. You probably have
These are the TOOLS you need to win the GUN FIGHT. Have you done anything to prepare for the other fight? The fight that no one talks about. The fight you maybe never even thought about.
See the problem is that YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING RIGHT and STILL LOSE EVERYTHING!
There are plenty of news stories out there of people who defended themselves but were left financially ruined from the legal aftermath.
Let’s imagine you stop at the grocery store at 11pm on a Saturday night. You’re just ducking in to grab milk and diapers on the way home from having dinner with some girlfriends. Coming out of the store you are texting the babysitter an update that you will be home in 10 minutes.
Thank God you have the TOOLS on you that night: the license, the gun, the holster, the training. Without those tools you might not have a fighting chance against the armed attacker.
What is your next step? Close your eyes and try to imagine what it would feel like. You’re in the dark grocery store parking lot looking at the perpetrator you just shot. You’re in shock. Your mind is racing. You are crying. You are shaking. You don’t know if he is injured or dead. (As a concealed carrier you shoot to stop the threat. For now the threat has stopped.)
Be honest. Have you thought this through? Most people haven’t. That poor imaginary version of yourself. Scared. No plan. Not sure what to do. Wouldn’t it be awful to be in that spot?
You proably knew WHAT to do. Call the police. Take pictures. Exchange info. File a police report. Contact the insurance company. Even though you had a plan, it probably still felt scary.
I was stopped at a light on my way home from work one day. The driver of the car behind me was texting and didn’t realize I was stopped. He slammed right into me. I knew what I was supposed to do but I still felt scared. Shook-up. Vulnerable. Insecure. I was doubting myself and not sure if I was doing it right.
Can you imagine how those feelings would be 100x in the parking lot incident above?
You frantically dial the numbers. Your fingers are so shaky. Accomplishing this simple task is harder than you thought it would be.
Let’s name the 911 operator who answers your call Tracy. Tracy is wonderful. You instantly feel safer just talking to her.
Tracy has been trained to keep you calm and to keep you talking. If Tracy is good at her job, she is getting as much information as possible from you. You’re scared. You need help. You’re willing to talk. In fact, you want to talk right now. You’re processing your emotions.
I’m not saying Tracy is a bad person. She’s a wonderful person doing a very noble, important job! Wouldn’t it have been awful if there was no one at 911 to answer your call? Thank God these wonderful people are there.
But you need to understand the bigger picture. You need to understand that, for lack of a better word, these 911 operators are trained to interrogate you but by treating you friendly so you want to tell them more.
You want to make sure Tracy knows you are a good person. You want her to know the whole story so she understands that you had no choice. You don’t want her to think you are an awful person. (Even though you feel awful right about now.)
It feels good to hear that. So you keep talking. This is Tracy’s job. But if you look at it from a different angle, she is probably manipulating you.
The police want to get as many puzzle pieces out of you as they can during this initial call. Tracy knows her job… keep you talking. She has been doing this for years so she has had plenty of practice. This is your first time talking to 911 after shooting someone.
You know that 911 calls are recorded. Everyone knows that. But in this moment that is the furthest thought from your mind. You’re reacting. You’re not thinking.
Tracy stays on the phone with you until the police arrive.
What do you think happens next? Do you think they congratulate you? Carry you around on their shoulders? Buy you a burger? Escort you home and tuck you in?
You didn’t think you needed a lawyer. Now you are starting to wonder. You thought you were the victim. You didn’t think you had anything to hide.
You didn’t realize you would be TREATED LIKE A BAD GUY.
What if the situation had ended differently. Picture this:
The bad guy murdered you in the parking lot that night. He tells the police that he was returning his cart to the cart return next to your car. You seemed jumpy. Then you suddenly pulled out a gun and started threatening to shoot him. So he shot you and it was self defense.
The point is that he could tell the police anything he wants. You’re dead and can’t say otherwise. Should the police just take his word? Of course not. And they shouldn’t take your word for it either. Think about how rampant crime would be if that’s the way it worked!
Getting “off the hook” for shooting someone shouldn’t be as easy as just saying it was self-defense. There has to be a process for investigating claims of self defense. They will open an investigation to see if your story stacks up. They’ll look for witnesses and surveillance footage. They will dig through your personal and public records (including social media) and determine what type of a person you are. They’ll put all the pieces together the best they can and determine what they believe actually happened.
The police aren’t omnipotent gods that know exactly what happened. They find the puzzle pieces and put them together the best they can. That process might take time.
You know you’re a good person. You know you would never shoot a person unless your life was in danger. But the police can’t assume that. They have to investigate it.
You think of the attorney who helped you with your business that one time. Oh and the attorney your parents used to get their wills and estate planning all set up? Oh and your daughter’s friend’s mom’s is an attorney! But she mostly does custody cases. Should you call one of them? No.
You don’t want just any attorney. You want an attorney who knows self defense laws and gun laws. Attorneys specialize, just like doctors. You don’t go to your family doctor for brain surgery. Most attorneys don’t know much about self-defense laws.
Without your cell phone (remember, the police took that when they took your gun) it is unlikely you will be able to search for a good criminal defense attorney in the area.
Be real with yourself. Do you realistically have access to that amount of money in the middle of the night on a weekend? If so, good for you. For many people, that would be tough.
They aren’t cheap! Especially the good ones! It’s going to cost money. Big money. You don’t have that kind of money. You’re an average American. You live paycheck to paycheck.
Looking at that big dollar amount you decide to just answer their questions without the attorney. You’re innocent after all. You have nothing to hide.
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If bail is set at $50,000, can you come up with the money? Do you have family that can help? (Remember, it is the middle of the night on the weekend.)
What if bail is set higher? $100,000? or $150,000?
Do you have a plan for your children while you’re in jail waiting?
Will you have to miss work? Will those lost wages affect you being able to pay the mortgage this month?
Turns out the bad guy had an accomplice. His partner was sitting in a truck waiting. He came forward as a witness. His testimony conflicts with your side of the story.
The prosecutor is really good at his job. His job is to find any angle he can to show that you were not justified. And you served him the angle he needed on a silver platter. Unknowingly of course.
Remember the 911 recording with Tracy? The one where you bared you soul to her friendly voice? Well it has been played over and over in the courtroom during this trial. As you listen to your voice you don’t even remember all those things you said. You were in shock.
But there’s no denying it. You said to Tracy that “you wished you wouldn’t have shot him.”
I understand what you meant. You are a good person. Shooting another human being was hard on you. You had regret about the situation. When you said it you meant it more in a way of you wished the whole event wasn’t happening.
But the prosecutor is using it as an angle. He is trying to show the jury that you had doubt in your mind about whether the man was actually a threat to you. The prosecutor has influenced the jury by playing the clip over and over and trying to spin it.
See in the courtroom it’s not completely about what actually happened that night. It’s about what is perceived to have happened. You’re trying to paint one picture, while the prosecutor is painting a competing one. It’s about who is more convincing now. You are wondering if you should have spent the money to get an attorney that specializes in criminal defense cases instead of going for the friend of friend who gave you a good deal.
Hindsight is 20/20. You realize you shouldn’t have talked so long to Tracy that night in your vulnerable state. If that clip didn’t exist, this might all be going differently.
What tools do you wish you had?
My plan is simple and easy to remember (even under stress):
1. Call 911. Report the fact. Give my location. Tell them what kind of help I need. Hang up.
2. Call USCCA. Their Critical Response Team is trained to do this. They know better than me what to do. They will get all the parts moving. They will get an attorney (not just any attorney, the best they can find or one that I want!) on their way to me. They will contact my family for me to let them know what is going on. I won’t pay anything. It is all covered under my USCCA membership. And they will be there for me through it all.
I pay a monthly fee to be a USCCA member. It’s worth every single dime. The peace of mind is worth it’s weight in gold.
Bail, attorney fees, lost wages, expert witnesses, emotional support…. it’s all covered. There is no deductible. They pay out upfront and immediately.
They have helped thousands of their members get through the financial and legal aftermath of self defense cases. They’ve done this before. I haven’t. I’m in good hands letting them lead me.
Being a USCCA member simplifies the whole process. I don’t have to analyze and plan all these details. (I’m a total over thinker so this is a huge relief to me!) USCCA’s critical response team is trained and experienced. They will take care of me and guide me through it.
Financially, I don’t have to try to figure out how I’m going to move money around to pay bail and attorney retainers, especially if the banks are closed.
I won’t be tempted to just talk to the police myself since I’ve basically already prepaid for an attorney by being a USCCA member. I’ll have the best attorney I can! If it was coming out of my pocket, I’d be tempted to go for the cheapest attorney I can find.
You might walk away from an encounter with your life, but then lose your livelihood and everything you have worked so hard for. You will still have your life and you can always rebuild your livelihood. But my hope for you would be that you would win both fights!
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