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I’ve written several articles on this topic over the last several years, but regularly reviewing the involved issues is vital.  Despite Heller and McDonald being further buttressed by Bruen, which clearly established Americans have the unalienable right to carry concealed weapons in public, that right is far from secure everywhere in America.  Blue jurisdictions continue to drag their feet, and New Jersey is essentially spitting in the Supreme Court’s face and daring them to do something about it.  While “Defund the Police” lunacy is far less popular than it was only two years ago, it persists, and the damage done is going to take many years to repair, if it is repairable at all, which raises the question: what happens to the law of self-defense when the police cannot or will not do their jobs?

The 2020 “summer of love” was anything but, and transmogrified into the fall of our discontent.  Circa Fall, 2022 things have not, in much of the country, improved.  The Biden Meat Puppet Administration has done far more damage in less than two years than anyone thought possible.  The old, comforting idea America is sufficiently strong to withstand even an anti-American, malicious president and Congress is no longer so comforting.  Racial hatred spun by Democrats/Socialists/Communists threatens to destroy the love of each other and America Americans of all races have worked so hard for so long to achieve.  In these uncertain times, we find our times reflected in art, more specifically The Second Coming, written in 1919 by William Butler Yeats (in part):

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Millions of Americans continue to buy guns and ammunition, setting new records.   Many of them are first time buyers, including D/S/Cs, buying guns to protect themselves from D/S/Cs and the criminals they support.   Motivating this run on gun stores are a variety of factors, including the vicious, racial hatred emanating from our D/S/C federal and state governments, the very real threat of destruction of our rights to self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms, the pressure brought by D/S/Cs on our police, including preventing them from doing their jobs, and in some cities, dramatically defunding them, rampant inflation, and the rampant, racist lawlessness encouraged, and actually aided by D/S/C politicians.

Political calculation is also involved. D/S/Cs unleashed their Antifa/BLM shock troops, calculating they could use the violence and disorder against Donald Trump.  It didn’t take long for them to realize their calculation was backfiring in the ashes of the businesses and communities they claim most about to care.  And then—who coulda thunk it?–-they discovered they couldn’t control the monsters they unleashed, monsters that weren’t really revolutionaries dedicated to the D/S/C cause and willing to take orders from its dimwitted leaders, but sociopathic thugs who delight in destruction, misery and death.

D/S/Cs generally consider that a feature, not a bug, but they’ve begun to worry their insane and destructive policies are going to hurt them at the polls in 2022 and 2024, particularly if they can’t expand their electoral cheating beyond what they accomplished in 2020.  Even The New York Times has admitted minority communities don’t want the police defunded:

The New York Times was forced to admit what has been obvious for a while: Minority communities don’t support progressives’ radical views on criminal justice.

Democrats’ most left-wing supporters claim their calls to ‘defund the police’ will help minority communities, but those communities know the truth.

Millions of blue state/city Americans find themselves in situations where the police cannot and will not help them.  Their 911 calls go unanswered.  Police forces are grossly understaffed, and people no sane person would want to be a police officer are applying for thousands of open positions–when anyone at all does apply. Americans watch violent felonies committed in real time on TV as dim-witted “journalists” lamely try to blame skyrocketing crime rates and inhuman crimes on Normal Americans.

Our Federal government is obsessed with branding half of America “domestic terrorists,” “Insurrectionists,” and “white supremacists.”  Tragically, the demand for white supremacists far exceeds the all but nonexistent supply. Our military leaders seek to find “white rage,” elevate pronouns to a religion, and provide sex change surgery for trans troops.  Our deadly enemies don’t seem to be on their radar.  The FBI is hard at work arresting abortion clinic protestors whose violence consists of singing hymns.  The increasingly mentally debilitated Joe Biden couldn’t decide whether climate change or white people were the greatest existential threat to America, until just in time for the mid terms, his handlers decided it was actually free speech.

And for many, the realization has dawned, for the first time in their lives, they really are on their own, and a little healthy paranoia just might be a necessary survival trait.

For decades, anti-liberty/gun cracktivists, almost entirely D/S/Cs, have assured us the Second Amendment was outdated.  Temporary President Biden, despite the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision, continues to badly read his teleprompter, which tells him guns must be banned that he can have more power.  He put the icing on that tyrannical cake by threatening to nuc Americans, but only the wrong—right—kind, of course. That’s right.  The Temporary President Of The United States threatened to use our military, including fighter jets and nuclear weapons, against half or more or America.  D/S/Cs are now trying to claim it was Normal Americans, not D/S/Cs, that have been behind the “Defund The Police” lunacy from the very beginning.

The narrative remains unchanged—sort of: only trained professionals should have guns.  There is no need for self-defense, in fact, it’s anti-democratic and dangerous to allow mere citizens to be armed.  Let the professionals handle it.  The same people, upon occasion, argue even the police ought to be disarmed.  This is part and parcel of a fever dream D/S/Cs have long held: a federalized, national police force, not to control crime, but to control Normal Americans.  On the road to that particularly despotic utopia, the DOJ has, as it did during the Age of Obama, resurrected forcing consent decrees on local law enforcement agencies, the better to impose federal control unavailable through the legitimate, legislative process, wherever possible.  Such control absolutely does not help the police protect the public, but oh dear does it make criminal’s lives easier and more productive.

Thankfully, the kind of anarchy I describe remains confined primarily to D/S/C ruled cities and states, to the degree citizens in those utopias are beginning to have second thoughts. However, as the forces of destruction are moving, more and more into the suburbs, and harassing normal Americans in restaurants and elsewhere, Americans outside D/S/C self-inflicted hellholes recognize as never before the possibility they too could find themselves in situations where they have to use force—even deadly force—to protect themselves or those they love.

Rural Americans have long known the police can’t protect them; the distances involved are just too great, police officers, too few.  D/S/Cs, as never before, have unwisely forced the dawning of that realization on the rest of the country.  What’s the difference between officers an hour away at top speed, or officers potentially five minutes away if those officers aren’t allowed to protect the public, or are so intimidated–The Ferguson Effect–they won’t?  The same is true when there just aren’t enough officers to respond to even violent felonies in progress.

How, when the police cannot or will not do their jobs, does the law of self-defense change?

Thankfully, in most of America, nothing has changed.  People acting in lawful self-defense are, mostly, unlikely to be arrested or prosecuted for their reasonable actions.  However, “most of America,” isn’t all of America, and even if one doesn’t live in one of those “law and order optional” places, they may find themselves driving through or visiting one, perhaps even one that changes into such a benighted place within seconds.  What then?

Disclaimer:  I am not an attorney.  I’m providing only general information for your consideration.  It is not legal advice. You are responsible for knowing the laws in your city/state, which may differ greatly from place to place.  If you’re going to be traveling, particularly armed, it’s vital you know the law wherever you plan to be, and yes, Normal Americans are more than smart enough to read and understand the law.

You do know the police have no legal obligation to protect any individual, and they can’t be sued for failing to protect anyone?  No?  Go here and discover why.  You also know the police are not highly trained and competent in the use of firearms?  No?  Go here and discover why not.  

The Law of Deadly Force: I learned these decades ago from the FBI and other sources, but I’m borrowing here from attorney Andrew Branca, currently the national expert on this subject, and I can’t reiterate these factors frequently enough.  His book–The Law of Self Defense,–is a must-have for those interested in this subject, and should be read and reread by anyone carrying a concealed handgun.  His website is here. While I’ve understood these issues for decades, and expressed these concepts in evolving sets of terms, I’ve found Branca’s terms most appropriate for our times.

When is the use of deadly force justified? When necessary to immediately stop the imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to self or another.  These are the elements to be considered, often within seconds:

Innocence: the defender must not be the initial or unlawful aggressor. People engaging in mutual combat can’t claim innocence. Because they’re actively trying to harm each other with no way to tell how far the conflict will go, they’re not engaging in self-defense.  Innocence also means if deadly force is lawfully authorized, one must stop immediately when the threat stops. An innocent victim stops the deadly threat, they do not punish the attacker; that’s the job of the criminal justice system.  Yes.  I know, but the principle holds.

One must also involve the police as soon as possible, and there’s the rub.  What happens when the police can’t respond?  What happens when you’ve been forced to injure or kill a member of a politically protected, fully woke grievance/victim group?  We’ll get to this shortly.

Avoidance: Are you doing all you reasonably can to avoid conflict?  This factor is largely dependent on local laws.  Some states require one to do everything possible, including running away, even from one’s home, to avoid having to use force.  Such states normally place the burden on the innocent citizen to prove they did everything they could to avoid hurting the criminal. Other states have “Stand Your Ground”–SYG—and “Castle Doctrine” laws that do not require, as long as one is lawfully present, one to run away.  They can remain where they lawfully are and defend themselves. Often, such laws immunize those reasonably and lawfully using self-defense from prosecution and civil suits.  This is as it should be, but in an age of anti-prosecution prosecutors, can’t be relied upon.  Obviously, in any way looking for trouble is not avoiding trouble, and can put one in prison amazingly fast.

Imminence: One can’t use deadly force against a possible attack, or against an attack that might happen at some time in the future. The danger must be real, clearly about to occur–within mere seconds of occurring–or already occurring.  This does not require letting an attacker get in the first blow, stab or shot, only that a reasonable person would think an attack imminent.

Proportionality: the threat can’t be of humiliation or minor injury. If the only threat is of hurt feelings, any physical force is likely not proportional. A thrown napkin cannot be followed by a gunshot.  To lawfully use deadly force, a reasonable person must believe they’re facing a threat—an imminent threat–-of serious bodily harm or death.  Read your state laws.

Reasonableness: A reasonable person in similar circumstances would be compelled to use deadly force.  It would be, in those circumstances, potentially the only reasonable thing to do.

With this background, let’s take a moment to visit an essay from author Larry Correia.  Warning: some of the language is a bit more “colorful” than one normally finds at SMM, but I trust you will not, gentle readers, need to run to a safe space.

A friend of mine posted about seeing this: ‘Where are all you gun owners now that the federal government and police are attacking citizens in the streets?? Now that the National Guard is out oppressing citizens? I thought this was the moment you’re waiting for? So why aren’t you out there fighting them with your guns? You’re nothing but a bunch of fucking cowards!’

My response was the GIF of Nelson Muntz going HA HA.

But I’ve seen this sentiment a lot too over the last few days, so please if you are so incredibly fucking dumb that you are actually wondering why America’s gun culture aren’t commuting into the democrat cities you have banned us from in order to get into gun fights with the National Guard on your behalf, allow me to elaborate.

Hypothetical Liberal ‘Ally’ Who Lives in the Suburbs Which Aren’t On Fire – ‘Hey, gun owners! Here is some civil unrest! Why won’t you come and help us?’

Snort. Fuck off.

‘Pussies! Why not?’

Well, every single gun nut in America has spent their entire adult life being continually mocked, insulted, and belittled by the left. You’ve done nothing but paint us as the bad guys.

In Hollywood, we’re always evil, stupid, violent, malicious, redneck, racist, murderers. That’s so ingrained in the liberal religion that when ‘ally’ Harvey Weinstein was trying to get out of being a sleazy rapist, his repentance consisted of promising to make more movies about how the NRA is bad.

In the news, everything is always our fault. If there is a mass murder, we can always count on the vultures to swoop in and blame America’s gun culture. They flog it for weeks on end, 24/7 coverage, hoping for gun control. And if the identity of the shooter doesn’t fit the narrative, it drops off the news in mere hours.

And then at the local, state, and federal level, legally speaking, the left fucks us at every opportunity.  You ban everything you can get away with. You ban things that literally make no sense. You ban shit just out of spite.

When we fight back against gun control laws, you declare we are stupid because only the police should have guns (hey, aren’t those the guys you are protesting right now?)

As a matter of fact…

‘Stupid racist rednecks! We live in a civilized society! Don’t you realize the police will protect us?’  Until when your democrat cities are on fire, and you call 911 and the operator tells you sorry, the police can’t come to your house right now, please try not to get murdered… How is that strict gun control working out for you?

Take the link and read the rest.  I also recommend you take this link for an equally enlightening article by Correia, an article with which everyone should be familiar.

Even some D/S/Cs are beginning to see the consequences of their non-falsifiable, perfect policies.  They’re the ones buying guns.  Unfortunately, there are still too many true believers in positions of power more than willing to destroy anyone to ensure their narratives prevail.  Such people always eat their own; stay away from their figurative hands and mouths.  Here’s how:

Absolutely Avoid Trouble.  If you don’t live in a Constitution and law and order free zone, you’re probably in pretty good shape.  I don’t mean you could never find yourself in jail for using lawful self-defense, but it’s unlikely.  This means you absolutely avoid places you know trouble is likely, and if you see it coming, you get the hell out of there as fast as you can.  But I’m no coward!  Good for you.  Avoiding having your life ruined and your family threatened and impoverished even if it temporarily bruises your manhood a little is not cowardice but mature courage, responsibility, and sadly, all too often, uncommon sense.

Self-defense in a Constitutional, law and order zone:  You’ve been forced to defend your life.  You did it by the letter of the law, and your attacker—or attackers, which is why “high capacity magazines” are a very good thing–is wounded or dead.  The police are going to want to talk to you, and they’ll do everything they can, from the arrival of the first patrolman, to the encouragement of various detectives, to get you to say things you don’t mean to say and shouldn’t say.  For the most part, they’ll only be doing their job, which is to treat all unattended deaths as murder until they can prove otherwise.

After you’ve called the police, you must immediately call the law firm you’re paying to represent you in such cases, the people in the “contacts” file on your smart phone.  They will tell you what to say and do.  TAKE THEIR ADVICE.  Part of that advice will surely be to say as little as possible to the police until you’ve had the chance to confer with them.  Police officers involved in shootings will do no less.  Should you have fewer rights than the police?

I recommend US Law Shield.  They’re on call 24/7/365.  If costs only a little over $300 a year for Mrs. Manor and me.  Considering even cheap lawyers cost $300 an hour and much, much more, it’s very cheap insurance, and they’re specialists in self-defense law.  That’s vital.

If you have acted reasonably, and within the letter of the law, you should be questioned with your attorney present, and thereafter released.  You might be arrested.  If so, don’t argue; that’s your lawyer’s job.  You may feel compelled to talk; don’t.  The police will write their reports, which will be reviewed by the prosecutor, who will make the decision not to prosecute, and that will be it—criminally.  Oh, there will probably be a coroner’s inquest, and if the prosecutor is taking political heat, he may defer the decision to a grand jury, but with a little luck, you’ll be off the criminal hook.

Ah, but you knew that was too easy, didn’t you?  No matter the criminal that forced you to kill them made Charles Manson look like a Girl Scout, his survivors and their attorneys will portray them as candidates for canonization awaiting their notification of a Nobel Peace Prize any day, and they’ll sue you for wrongful death.  This may not be the case in states that forbid such suits, but even then, they’ll probably try.  There is money to be made and virtue to signal.

I cannot say this enough: other than preserving your life or the lives of others, there is no real upside—other than surviving–-to having to use deadly force.

Self-defense in a social justice zone:  You’ve been forced to defend your life.  You did it by the letter of the law, and your attacker is wounded or dead.  Even if the police want to follow the law, even if they try, you’re probably toast, particularly if you are not a member of a favored victim group and the monster that forced you to kill them is.  BLM and Antifa will probably arrive at the scene—in force–-minutes after the police.  You can expect to be arrested and charged with murder and other crimes.  You can expect the media, local, state and national politicians to immediately brand you a murderer and to make destroying you part of their narrative.  Just ask Kyle Rittenhouse.  Criminals will get out of jail with no bail.  You won’t.  Kamala Harris, busy searching for the root causes of illegal immigration in foreign lands and El Paso, TX, will not raise money for your bail.

The monster that forced you to shoot them will become an instant social justice martyr.  The media will not bother to look into their mile-long criminal record, but they’ll dig up the girl whose ponytail you pulled in the first grade, and probably, women you’ve never met or seen who are certain you raped them 40 years ago, if they could only remember your name or face or where it happened.

Even if local detectives believe you acted lawfully, and write their reports that way, they’ll be overridden by higher-ranking cops whose jobs are dependent on knowing the drift of the prevailing political winds.  Their report, not the detective’s report, will be on its way to a prosecutor that was elected on a platform of not enforcing the law against actual criminals.  You, on the other hand, are just the kind of wrong-thinking Deplorable they were hired to destroy, and they’re going to get maximum publicity and political mileage out of the attempt.

You are going to jail, and you’re going to stay in jail, because it’s highly likely the judges in social justice utopia are as determined to see you burn as are the prosecutors and politicians.  A fair trial; actual justice?  Silly you.  You’re going to get social justice, which is very woke, and involves a great deal more looting, arson and destruction of property than actual justice, which tends to look down on such things.  Do you begin to see the importance of having the right kind of lawyer in your contacts file?

Facts—evidence—aren’t going to matter, perhaps not even at trial.  Even if by some miracle, you’re acquitted, there’s still the matter of civil suits, and in social justice zones, there’s probably no law that prevents virtually anyone from trying to sue you to death.  Again, if you were forced to kill the wrong kind of person, there will be race hustling lawyers lined up to sue you, and the federal Department of Justice, more militantly racist even than under Barack Obama, will surely try to prosecute you for hate crimes and other crimes they’ll just make up.

But I had to act, because the police wouldn’t/couldn’t!  I had no choice!  They were going to kill me! 

Remember, in social justice city, they demonized and defunded the police.  They loosed mere anarchy, the blood-dimmed tide, and plenty of racist, anarchic maniacs with unlimited passionate intensity, all the while doing everything they could to disarm the law-abiding—that’s you—and innocent—which is also you.  They are entirely unable and unwilling to appreciate the inherent irony and will hate and try to destroy you all the more if you dare to point it out.  You aren’t part of the accepted narrative, so too bad, you racist, white supremacist, insurrectionist, white rager/hater, you.  Jury of your peers?  Very funny, you racist.  The jury will be comprised of D/S/C true believers.

Have I mentioned what a good idea, what a life-saving idea–it is to stay the hell away from such cities and states?

It is horrific this state of affairs should exist anywhere in America—it’s tyrannical and destructive to our constitutional, representative republic (we’re not a democracy)–but it does.  What should you do?  Everything possible to avoid even the hint of trouble, and failing that, everything possible to avoid having to use force of any kind.  If you live in a D/S/C-ruled city or state, move to a free state right now, and do not vote for D/S/Cs or their policies that caused you to flee unless you want to find yourself, in an unimaginably short span of time, with nowhere safe to move.  If none of that works, be prepared to defend yourself in court—state and federal–and good luck.  You’re going to need it–we all are.