Know When to Stop Talking and Start Shooting

November 13, 2012 by | 4 Comments

It’s easy to fall into a feedback loop during a self-defense situation. No one in their right mind wants to take a human life if it can be avoided, but unfortunately, there is a line, that once crossed, makes it clear a hostile situation can not be deescalated. At that point you must take immediate action to end the situation by any means necessary. Failure to do so can result in the harm or death of you and your family.

Only you know what your conscience can handle and what you’re willing to do to protect yourself and your family, so you’ll have to determine exactly where to draw that line for yourself. I can only share my own perspective as it applies to me and my family; while I won’t say where my lines are drawn, I will tell you that there is no grey area. I can talk to someone who poses a threat all day long, provided that they don’t cross that line, but the second that they do, there will be no further talking; the threat will be eliminated.

This isn’t the sort of thing you can ponder when the situation arises, like deciding what to have for lunch. Instead, you must make a conscious decision ahead of time, and come to terms with the ramifications of that decision.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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  • Guest says:

    It would have been nice if you offered a suggestion of what point in this video the officer should have eliminated the threat. Personally, I would have shot his crazy ass when he started jumping around right after the officer told him to take his hands out of his pants. But definitely by the time he went back to the driver’s seat of his car and it was obvious he was fidgeting with something he should have been shot.

    But if you want this blog to truly serve as a source you should have offered a suggestion as to when would have been the optimal time to eliminate this threat and why.

    • Jeremy Knauff says:

      That’s because there is no “one size fits all” answer.

      The laws regarding when you are justified in using deadly force vary from state to state, so you have to factor that into your decision, along with that details of your circumstances; for example, I may wait longer to use deadly force if I’m by myself than I would if my family were with me. You also need to know, or at at least have an educated guess, how you will emotionally react to taking a life.

      The bottom line is that because there are so many unique factors involved, there is no one answer.

      Personally, I would have dropped the guy as soon as he took the rifle from the truck.

  • Matt P. says:

    Wow. That’s all I can say about that. He should have dropped that idiot 30 seconds into that video. Instead, the cop is left gurgling at the end.

  • Jeramiha P. says:

    In reference to the video above “Traffic Stop Goes Wrong!!!”…if I were in the shoes of the responding officer I would have drawn my sidearm and given instruction to “get back” the first time the suspect charged. When the suspect charged the second time I would have eliminated the threat. But again, everyone responds differently.

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