BUT HE ATTACKED ME!
The first part of any NRA magazine I normally turn to is the section that contains news clippings about people who used their firearms to protect themselves or others during burglaries, home invasions, muggings or robberies. These all end with the person who used their 2A rights not being charged. These are all good stories, heartwarming in some ways, but they are not the whole story.
A deeper look into the little bits of news in your local paper will also show you cases in which someone who thought they were doing the right thing—who thought they were within their rights—found themselves in prison for assault or murder. Others have found themselves coming out on top legally, but only after spending months in the legal system and thousands of dollars.
The axiom, “Discretion is the better part of valor,” takes on a new meaning in these situations. Know the laws in your jurisdiction. Know what to do and say in the immediate aftermath of a shooting. And keep your cool.