Second Call Defense membership is the education they provide. Videos, seminars and newsletters. All, good stuff.
The thing I like the most about this is that it keeps the topic of protecting yourself after a defensive shooting, "top of mind." In all of my pistol, pepper spray/stun gun, and safety awareness classes, I stress putting yourself - mentally - in a bad situation, and determining how you'll get out of it. Visualizing the situation, if you will.
For instance, in our pepper spray class, we go over 7 different scenarios at the end of the class. From road rage, to date rape, to someone breaking into your house while you're there. The idea is to pre-plan your actions instead of panicking and being caught as the proverbial, "deer in the headlights."
What you do after a defensive shooting can literally change your life. Make the wrong choices, and you can lose everything. Financially, you will be responsible for your legal defense bills and any civil penalties. Lose your case, and you can lose your liberty and the right to keep and bear arms for the rest of your life.
After a defensive shooting, most folks may know to limit their information to the 911 operator and the police. I want to stress, "may know." From Second Call Defense's latest newsletter, my commentary on ten other folks you want to keep out of the conversation -
Your spouse - even though they can't be compelled to testify against you, if they freely provide the information, it can be used against you. "He told me he shot the dirty piece of crap as he walked through the door. Just shot him dead!" Think how that could be spun by a prosecutor during your trial.
Your child - just like a spouse, only with less of a filter.
Your friends - your BFF will be contacted, and under threat of criminal prosecution, they MUST testify about what you told them.
Your neighbors - these folks have no "skin in the game." You happen to live nearby. Big deal. As the newsletter noted, 'And it's even less likely that they'll go to any length to protect you when faced with an investigator using words like "murder" or "homicide."'
Your co-worker - again, no skin in the game. Worse, they're very likely to tell everyone at work what you told them so they have that self-important aura of , "I'm cool because I talked with someone charged with murder."
A witness - talking to a witness of your actions can only lead to bad things. The police will ask them if there was any contact between you and the witness. If the answer is 'yes' - and their statement is beneficial for you - their testimony can be undercut in court by implying you pressured them to testify as they did.
Your doctor - no problem, because of doctor/patient confidentiality, right? Wrong. That only extends to the treatment they give you, NOT to the events that led up to the treatment.
Your nurse - ditto to your doctor.
A paramedic - if you're being examined on-scene or being transported, just because this person is saving your life doesn't mean they're your friend. Like friends, neighbors and co-workers, they've got no skin in the game, and will testify to everything you say.
Your social media world - if you post your story on social media without your defense attorney first approving what you're saying, you're probably too stupid to own a firearm. Seriously, whatever you post can and will be used as a lawful statement - even as a confession. Step away from the keyboard!
The list seems pretty inclusive. Any ideas for others that shouldn't be included in your calling plan? Your defense attorney is the only person to whom you give all of the details.
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