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Good advice

Never fire a warning shot. If you’re not shooting to stop, then you’re unlikely to to convince a prosecutor you thought you were in danger and are not acting in self defense.

11 Responses to “Good advice”

  1. Rivrdog Says:

    Good advice. My old SO had a strict prohibition against warning shots, way back to 1970.

  2. mikee Says:

    Forget the warning shots issue – this is another clear example of why the lawyer is the one who is supposed to explain everything – absolutely everything – regarding the incident to the police.

    All the man should have said is, “I was in fear of my life. I am still very shaken up by this and cannot talk about it more right now. My lawyer will explain everything after I talk with her.”

  3. rickn8or Says:

    Very good advice indeed. Besides the wasted round that you might need in the very near future, and the danger imposed by the round itself, there’s the fact you’ve just communicated to the goblin that you aren’t really serious.

  4. chris Says:

    I concur with mikee.

    I carry a gun with me everywhere I can legally do so, but I have a greater fear of being prosecuted over whether I feared for my life than of being a crime victim.

    I also have a fear of defending myself against someone who has friends (e.g. fellow gang members – Crips, Bloods, Traveling Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples and Latin Kings) who may feel the need to avenge the death of a fellow thug.

    I always thought the trained sequence for law enforcement was bang, bang, “Halt!”.

  5. Gun Guy in NJ Says:

    All my warning shots go to center mass

  6. junyo Says:

    I see the value of a warning shot. In this case, it ended up with everyone walking away unharmed. The fact that the police/prosecutor have decided to be asshats doesn’t change that.

    I also don’t see the point of calling it a “warning shot” as opposed to a “OMG, OMG, I was so scared my shot was a bad miss”. Spin control; it’s not just for rifles.

  7. Bryan Caskey Says:

    Your side-arm isn’t a warning device, it’s a weapon. If the bad guy hears the shot, you’re doing it wrong.

    He should be hit before he hears the report.

  8. Paul Says:

    Never say never.

    Yes the warning shot should be very rare, and if done, the shooter should shoot in a safe direction. But never say never.

  9. TIM Says:

    I to believe if your gonna pull it use it.The sad thing is if he would have been attacked and he shot and killed the guy he probably would be charged with murder.

  10. junyo Says:

    Your side-arm isnít a warning device, itís a weapon. If the bad guy hears the shot, youíre doing it wrong.

    Well, I guess that’s true, if your goal is killing bad guys. My goal is generally to get them to leave me and my shit alone with the fewest number of holes created in all involved. Not particularly interested in killing someone without warning unless I’m in combat. My guns are tools, and if using it as a warning device, a means of communicating my ability and willingness to mete out copious amounts of person specific violence if his criminal behavior does not cease, a means of administering said violence, or as a paperweight is the most effective way to accomplish my ends, that’s what I use them for.

  11. Bob H Says:

    :Update The prosecutor has decided to drop all charges against Mr. Fleming.

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