The term “infringement” doesn’t mean “prohibition.” It means “an encroachment or trespass on a right or privilege.” If I were to move off the sidewalk and walk through my neighbor’s grass, I would be infringing. It does little direct damage, but over time, that section of grass would die. If I then moved over to a fresh strip of grass, that would die, too. When our Founding Fathers penned “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” in our Second Amendment, they created an absolute prohibition against any and all infringements, no matter how slight, in order to protect — absolutely — the right of the people to keep (own/possess) and bear (carry) arms. Furthermore, this prohibition not limited to the federal government. It doesn’t not say, “Congress shall not…” It simply states that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This applies to EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, and FOR ALL TIME, WITHOUT CESSATION. It is an absolute right, to be protected at all costs, without question.
This is why police shoot guys brandishing knives who refuse to follow lawful orders to put the knife down. Knives are deadly. A single nick of any one of dozens of key arteries or veins may result in death in minutes. A stab to the heart or major artery can kill you in seconds, even if you’re in the ER of a major hospital. Cutting any one of thousands of nerves can prove permanently and severely disabling, and severing some nerves can prove fatal.
When it comes to the lawful use of firearms in defense of life, limb, and property, the law varies state to state, so you must know your local, county, state, and federal laws!
The following rules, however, are nearly universal throughout the United States. Please note I said “nearly.” Again, it’s up to you to know your local laws:
Rule 1: If at all possible, avoid the confrontation. You can’t be punched, beaten, stabbed, or shot if you’re not there.
Rule 2: If at all possible, leave the scene of a potential confrontation as soon as possible. If you’re carrying a firearm and stay, someone is likely to be punched, beaten, stabbed, or shot, and that someone just might be you. No matter how good you think you are, there’s always someone better. If you’re able to leave before any fighting starts, you will have de-escalated the situation back to Rule 1. As long as you’re within 21 feet of an attacker, however, you’re only one second away from probably harm and possible death.
Rule 3: If you cannot leave, attempt to de-escalate the situation. Deflect the tension. Use humor or whatever it takes. You may be able to take control of the situation, if you have the power and authority to do so. You may also need to detain or arrest someone. Just remember, in the vast majority of states, you can do so only if you have witnessed them committing a felony. This process is not for either the feint of heart or poorly trained, however. Law enforcement officers get plenty of training yet still have their butts handed to them by bad guys on a regular basis.
Rule 4: This applies in all situations: If at any time you’re facing imminent threat of life or limb, under the laws of most states you’re cleared hot (cleared to shoot to stop the threat). In some states that authorization extends to property. Check with your state’s laws beforehand, however, as you won’t have time in when the going gets tough!
Bottom line: Know the law, remain well-trained, not merely with respect to handling a firearm and shooting targets, but also with respect to knowing what course of action is best for any given situation.
Repeat after me: “It is lawful to use deadly force in cases of self defense. It is lawful to use deadly force in cases of self defense. It is lawful to use deadly force…”
…particularly when you’re defending yourself against aggravated assault. In case you’re wondering what that means, it means if you don’t defend yourself, you’ll likely be dead very soon. Technically it means to “cause serious bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.” If you don’t think Trayvon Martin’s use of a slab of concrete sidewalk against which he was bashing Zimmerman’s head isn’t a deadly weapon, you’ve never hit your head on a concrete sidewalk.
This is true not only in Florida, but in nearly all 50 states in our United States of America. Since the the local police department processed him and the local prosecutor declined to press charges, this naturally begs the question as to the real reason behind State Attorney Corey’s reversal, more than two months after the fact.
Did Obama call her directly and impress upon her the need to prosecute Zimmerman in order to cover up Obama’s ridiculous and grossly inappropriate comments?
Did the Blank Panthers threaten her or her office if she didn’t prosecute, in order to cover up their ridiculous and grossly inappropriate comments with respect to their putting a $10k (or was it $15k) bounty on Zimmerman’s head?
Did Eric Holder, acting on behalf of either the Blank Panthers (with whom he had ties back in college) or Obama (for whom he’s covered up several times) call her office and twist her arm?
Or was in Angela Corey herself, who recently sent a woman to prison for 10 years merely for carrying a firearm out of her own home after her physically abusive husband threatened to beat her if she left him? Corey is no stranger to the anti-gun nuts, and was not at all happy when Florida’s Stand Your Ground law passed. I wouldn’t put it past her one bit if this was her way of attempting to undermine the law, instead of enforcing it as per her oath and job description. She didn’t care one lick about the beaten woman she threw behind bars for twenty years, and I’m sure she could care less about Zimmerman, either. The only thing she cares about, like most Democrats, is her career and her reputation.
Well, Corey herself has, by her own actions, utterly trashed her own reputation. She has shown her true colors, that she cares nothing for the law, but only for her anti-gun agenda, and she could care less how many honest, law-abiding citizens spend decades behind bars in order for her to get her own way. She’s a cold-, if not black-hearted person, and she has absolutely no business whatsoever being in public office, much less politics.
Then again, that goes for both Obama and Holder, as well — both of them have multiple deaths of honest, law-abiding citizens on their hands, and such is the company that Corey keeps.