JUSTIFIED SHOOTING AFTERMATH

This man has obviously prepared for the street. Has he…

This man has obviously prepared for the street. Has he prepared for the aftermath of a defensive shooting?

On the Internet, you find yourself inundated with advice, some from people talking about things they’ve never seen. We don’t do it that way here.

This particular corner of the magazine is devoted to managing the predictable aftermath if you ever do have to use your combat handgun for its intended purpose. The cases mentioned are real ones. The recommendations here come not from how someone thinks things should happen in the best of all worlds, nor how they might play out in Hollywood or some other fantasy land, but how things actually happen day in and day out in the real world.

With that in mind, hearken to the advice of Attorney Mitchell Lake, a Bridgeport, Connecticut lawyer who is on the referral list for the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network (armedcitizensnetwork.org). He put the following advice together to post on firearms instructor James Yeager’s forum, getoffthex.com, and ran a copy by me beforehand. I thought he made some excellent points, and it is reprinted in part here with his permission, of coures.

Mitchell’s thrust is preparing one’s family and extended family beforehand for a crisis in which “one of our own” is forced to shoot a criminal in self-defense. He points out that there are numerous other medical or legal emergencies for which the same kind of advance planning will stand us in good stead.

Purpose of the Plan
The goal of this is to evaluate your family’s general post incident readiness in the 72 hours immediately after trouble strikes. (Assume that) you have received a phone call informing you that a loved one has just been involved in an incident:

You have minimal details (who was involved, the rough location), the police have been called, someone’s dead or seriously wounded, and your loved one is in custody at the moment. You have no other information about the incident.

Evaluate these statements as true or false in how they relate to you or your family.

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