When Is Deadly Force Justified?
In any self-defense situation that may require the use of deadly force, there are a number of questions to consider in regard to how appropriate it is to involve a firearm in the dispute.
As you know, a gun is a deadly weapon. Involving one in any type of altercation immediately raises the stakes to the highest level.
This not only includes firing the weapon, but even presenting, drawing, and making it known that you have a gun.
This is especially true if the aggressor has not yet brought a firearm into the dispute themselves.
Arming and training yourself to use deadly force significantly raises your level of personal responsibility. You need to keep your cool and make rational decisions at all times. You cannot give into the pressure to hurl insults, make threatening statements, or cause the situation to escalate in any way.
You also have the responsibility to leave the situation if you can do so safely. It’s on you to keep your pride and ego out of the equation.
It doesn’t matter if someone is verbally insulting your character or that of your significant other, mother, or sibling. Such actions may be incredibly provoking and may hit you in all the wrong places emotionally. However, nothing that is said in the heat of the moment gives you the right to use deadly force.
Time and time again, it’s been proven that many situations can be diffused by simply leaving the area.
In that instance, you may be verbally harangued for what may be perceived as “backing down.” You might feel as though your honor has been brought into question, but as author Joe Kalil clearly states in his article “Use of Deadly Force” on USConcealedcarry.com, your honor and pride do not matter where life and death are concerned:
“The law-abiding citizen should make every possible effort to avoid using deadly force. Prevention, avoidance, de-escalation, and retreat are all good alternatives, allowing you a much better opportunity to maintain your freedom and return home safely to your family.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
Think about it this way : If you were asked if you were willing to spend time in a courtroom with the possibility of jail time hanging over your head simply because someone raised your hackles, what do you think the answer would be?