Monday, July 28, 2014

Concealed Carry:The Aftermath of a Defensive Shooting (3 of 3)

I apologize. This article is not mine. I can not locate the source to give them full credit. I appreciate the information and have never seen another article like it. Again, my apologies.

Disclaimer: The listed information, details or story are by no means all-inclusive, nor is it intended to be complete information on the subject of defensive shootings, the defensive use of a firearm, or for self defense in general. This article does not represent any or all legal advice outside the legal representation of an attorney of choice. Consult a qualified attorney, versed on the subjects of self defense, gun rights and defensive shooting practices. No part of this article should be construed as professional therapist counsel. Seek out professional medical help if needed.
This article is the last in a three part article on ideas for After the Shooting is Over.

11. Your Family & Friends – The Personal Aftermath
Your family, in most all cases, will be supportive of you.
Your friends, well they can be on either side of the gun rights / gun control fence, based upon their political beliefs.
Limit your conversation to only those with whom you can trust.
Ask your friends and family not to involve themselves in interviews with the news media.
Do not give any false information to your family or friends regarding the shooting incident. It may get out.
Do not ask your friends or family to lie for you.
Ask your family and your friends to help you cope, or help you deal with the aftermath of the shooting event. Ask for help, should you require it.
12. Avoid Your Attackers Family or Friends
By all means, it is imperative that you maintain distance away from the suspect’s family.
Be ever vigilant at home or when out in public.
Do not call them, email them or send them a letter in the mail, asking for forgiveness or to apologize for what took place.
If you are involved in any legal proceedings, do not engage the family members of the person or persons who attacked you, your family or others.
Should you be approached by one of them, attempt to avoid them, if at all possible.

In the event that you are confronted, threatened, or intimidated by one of the family or friends of your attackers, contact law enforcement or the courts for relief or to file a report.
13. Surviving the Courts – The Legal Aftermath
In regards to your shooting event, you were either right or wrong. You were either within the parameters of a good self-defense shoot, or you were outside the scope of what the law allows.
By this time, you will have obtained legal counsel. Seek their advice and representation on all legal matters involving the courts or law enforcement.
Always present yourself professionally and ethically. Everyone is watching you now as you are center stage in these legal proceedings. Be involved in your own defense, but trust your attorney’s guidance. Sometimes remaining silent, even during the court proceedings, may be your best defense strategy. Refrain from outbursts in court. It doesn’t look good on you.
In the event that the decision of the court does not go your way, appeal those decisions of the court or the jury.
14. The Aftermath – Getting On With Your Life
Wounds heal. So do emotional scars. Think positively. This is not the time to dwell on what has happened. Be grateful that you have survived the threat. Move on.
Getting back into a routine is paramount in your emotional recovery.
At some point, if not already, you should get back into carrying a firearm in public again, or by having it stored safely and readily available in your home.
Although armed encounters are not like lightning, it could happen to you again. So be prepared for it. Talk in confidence with your friends or family when you are ready.
Maintain dignity and composure when out in public. You’ve done nothing wrong.
Smile and start to enjoy life again.
15. Remaining Vigilant – Always Be On Your Guard

Complacency kills. Make and maintain a plan of action to protect yourself, your family and others. Be ready, be alert and ever vigilant on protecting yourself and others always. Attacks can happen anywhere. At work, at school, in a mall, on the streets or even in your home.
Make a plan to survive, then work that plan. Be forever ready to survive the threat.
Continue your training. Practice with firearms often. Never give up your will to survive.

Final Thoughts
It is sad that we as Americans must live this way in the land of the free. But how grateful I am for our founding fathers who recognized the need for self defense. Don’t ever apologize for defending yourself or others. We who recognize that evil exists and the government can do little to stop it, must always remain vigilant. The founding fathers knew this and felt that citizens should be able to take care of themselves. Our modern LEO’s do the best they can, and they do it well, but “When seconds count, the police are minutes away.”

Semper Paratus