From Citizen-Protector to Citizen-Vigilante?
Books / Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

From Citizen-Protector to Citizen-Vigilante?

Continuing my response to a commenter about the potential downsides of gun carriers as sheepdogs. . . In her study of gun carriers in Michigan, Jennifer Carlson develops the concept of the “citizen-protector” to describe how “the everyday practice of gun carry sustains a model of citizenship . . . that celebrates the protection of … Continue reading

Justified or Not? “Rash” of Self-Defense Shootings in Tulsa This Year
Firearms / Personal Defense

Justified or Not? “Rash” of Self-Defense Shootings in Tulsa This Year

A fellow sociologist asked the other day, “What’s the matter with Tulsa?” My immediate response was that Tulsa’s violent crime rate of 12.66 per 1,000 residents is 3 times the national average of 3.8 (and nearly 3 times Oklahoma’s rate of 4.41). According to Neighborhood Scout’s crime index, Tulsa is 3 out of 100 – … Continue reading

Memo to America: You Cannot Just Shoot Someone and Claim Self-Defense (Even With Stand Your Ground Laws)
Firearms / Personal Defense

Memo to America: You Cannot Just Shoot Someone and Claim Self-Defense (Even With Stand Your Ground Laws)

In light of several self-defense shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I am going to review some points I’ve already made in a few posts, but obviously bear repeating. Despite the concern about a rising number of civilian justifiable homicides, and criticisms of “Stand Your Ground” laws as allowing people to “shoot first and ask questions later,” … Continue reading

Law of Self Defense University Videocast on Immunity and Insurance
Concealed Carry / Media / Personal Defense

Law of Self Defense University Videocast on Immunity and Insurance

I am a bit troubled by the fact that there are millions of people licensed to carry firearms for self-defense in public but only hundreds of views of Andrew Branca’s Law of Self Defense University videocasts. I’ve written before about my experience taking Branca’s live seminar, which was well worth the money and highly recommended, … Continue reading

Darren Wilson, George Zimmerman, and Justifiable Homicide (and Stand Your Ground Laws)
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Darren Wilson, George Zimmerman, and Justifiable Homicide (and Stand Your Ground Laws)

The refusal of a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has led to comparisons with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin (e.g., Inquisitr and Think Progress). Of course, the cases are different in that Wilson was a sworn law enforcement officer acting in … Continue reading

Do Stand Your Ground Laws Allow People to “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later”?
Firearms / Personal Defense

Do Stand Your Ground Laws Allow People to “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later”?

I have previously written about how “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws have been subject to considerable misunderstanding and derision, and often both. It is quite common to characterize these laws as “shoot first” (and ask questions later) laws or a “license to kill.” To wit: the Huffington Post has a tag for “shoot first laws”: … Continue reading