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When can you legally use a gun against an unarmed person?

 

Posted by Andrew Branca Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 6:20pm

 

Legally, it doesn’t matter that both Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin were “unarmed” when shot to death.

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One of the most common laments to come out of Ferguson these last days has been that surely it was outrageous for Office Darren Wilson to use his service pistol to shoot an “unarmed” Mike Brown. (Earlier iterations of this narrative went further in their misinformation, describing the 18-year-old 6’4″ 292 pound Brown as a “kid” or “child,” as well as falsely claiming that Wilson shot Brown in the back, but such misinformation falls outside the scope of this post.) Similar arguments were made in the context of the shooting by George Zimmerman of the “unarmed” Trayvon Martin.

 

The notion that a defender may use a firearm in self-defense only if they themselves are faced with a firearm is entertainingly naive, but has no basis in actual law, nor in common sense. Scissors-32x32.png

 


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