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“Before I was thirteen, I saw a man shot, I saw another beaten and kicked to unconsciousness, I saw a friend struck near lethally in the face and head with a steal rod, I saw my mother become a heroin addict, I saw my sister beaten, and I was myself a veteran of beatings that had been going on for more than half of my life.”
De Becker states that back then his ability to predict the behavior of others was as tantamount to his survival then as it is now. He says that people believe that they cannot possibly imagine what any given human experience might be, however, you can imagine different human experiences, which therefore gives you the same ability to predict human behavior as if you have lived those experiences.
De Becker is quick to point out that our experiences in childhood will effect what we do, they may not, however, always guarantee that a person will become violent. He says, “it is not an original revelation that some who have weathered great challenges when they were young created great things as adults.” I think of my brother-in-law who weathered a rather chaotic childhood and who has grown into a wonderful man who uses his life to help and protect people (whether they appreciate it or not).
More often than not, however, many children of violence will contribute more violence in the future. De Becker warns that he has met “too many people who were brutalized as children and gave it back to society tenfold.”
This was a very powerful chapter to think about and ponder. It made me realize how important it is to provide stability and consistency for my own children.
All of this may sound crazy and to some paranoid, but it is best to be prepared and never need to use the plan and this should not be a fair fight, anyone criminal enough to break into your home at night, is by definition, a potential deadly threat to you and your family, so you have to think about it, plan your reaction and practice it, so you can how it will go down.
Jurors saw a videotaped police interview with Wafer done only hours after the incident, where he told investigators he had forgotten the Mossberg 12-gauge was even loaded and meant only to scare off would-be intruders.
After the incident, Wafer told police he was angry and "full of piss and vinegar" when he opened the door that night, Muscat told the jury.
After a self-defense shooting—a near-death experience, by definition—you can expect to be badly shaken. You realize that you have just violated a cardinal socio-religious taboo: you have killed a human being! You’ll feel a need to verbalize why, and can find yourself babbling to justify yourself, with your mouth quickly getting ahead of your brain. It’s colloquially known as diarrhea of the mouth, and it’s so common that psychologists have a name for it: logorrhea.
“You will have my full cooperation after I’ve spoken with counsel.” This will prevent a logorrhea attack, and you’ll have to stick to it like “name, rank, and serial number when in enemy hands.” But it will show that you were cooperative, and in the most unlikely event that it becomes an issue in court, we can show that cops are taught something similar for when they are in shootings.
Long ago, police departments learned that things like a trigger pull so light a lay juror could perceive it as a “hair trigger” could either lead to an accident, or allow a false accusation of same. (Why would opposing counsel falsely allege an accident? Because “self-defense” is a “perfect defense” in an intentional shooting, but there’s no such thing as a “justifiable accident” in criminal law.
In civil court, the other side knows that you probably don’t have a million bucks they can get their claws on if they win the lawsuit, but the company that underwrote your homeowner’s liability insurance policy does.
They know that homeowner’s liability insurance won’t cover an intentional shooting, because it’s an expressly exempted “willful tort,” but it will cover negligence, and that’s why they fabricate the “accidental shooting with a negligently-used hair trigger gun” theory.)
The hair trigger is one example. Removing or deactivating a safety device on a lethal weapon can be construed as “plaintiff’s counsel’s guaranteed employment act.”
I’ve run out of space to write here. But you haven’t run out of time to prepare yourself.
“Better judged by twelve than carried by six” is fine as far as it goes. But you want to stay out of prison and bankruptcy as surely as you want to stay out of a premature grave.
1) Never rely on legal advice from someone who is not your attorney, especially cops, deputy sheriffs, and clerks of court.
2) Remember five little letters, write them on the fingers of one hand, if necessary: K Y B M S. Keep Your Big Mouth Shut. Ask to speak to your attorney and then KYBMS.
3) Call their bluff - if they say they have to arrest you and interrogate you at the police station, go with them and put up with the nonsense. Better to spend a couple nights in jail than twenty years in the penitentiary.
4) "I want my lawyer!" - and KYBMS.
5) Did I mention that you ought to keep your big mouth shut? Most of the people I've represented who got convicted for whatever shot themselves in the foot, figuratively speaking, by talking to cops, who will then rewrite, rearrange, and recharacterize what you say in order to get probable cause where none existed, and to get a conviction on the basis of a "confession" that wasn't. Think of it as clever marketing. If you give them ammunition, they can, and will use it against you in a court of law. So, and while I'm at it let me mention, you ought to Keep Your Big Mouth Shut.
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