Friday, July 23, 2010

Police encounters of the worst kind

Knoxville news outlets, including WATE TV have reported on a man who -
  • Stabbed a police dog,
  • Advanced toward the police with a knife
  • Was shot by the police, and
  • Later died.
The story as reported above and in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, remind us that due to the nature of things, police encounters can be quite dangerous. It appears to me, based on  the reports, that this was a justifiable shooting by the Oak Ridge Police.

Meanwhile, let's turn our attention to what happened in Vegas. Police there shot and killed a West Point graduate who allegedly drew down on them. Facts are not as clear in this case. A coroner's inquest will be held September 3.

What can you learn from these incidents that may save your life one day?

If possible, don't bring a knife to a gunfight.

If you have been involved in a shooting and prevailed, your next most dangerous situation is about to descend on you. When the police arrive, they won't know that you are the good guy. And they want to go home to their families tonight, too. Circumstances will dictate your exact actions, but, as for me, as the gendarmes arrive, I put the gun down, step away from it, and
Reach for the sky.
Then let them do whatever they want to do. Now, you think about what you are going to do. Make your decision today. Maybe you will never need to do this, but better to plan ahead.

And, keep your mouth shut. You have the right to remain silent. Exercise it.

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Disclaimer: The information and ideas presented in this column are provided for informational purposes only. Gun rights, like all other Constitutionally recognized rights, must be exercised responsibly. Firearms, like cars, kitchen knives and life itself all can be dangerous. You should get professional training as part of any plan to use firearms for any purpose. I have made a reasonable, good-faith effort to assure that the content of this column is accurate. I have no control over what you do, and specifically accept no responsibility for anything you do as a result of reading my columns. Any action or lack of action on your part is strictly your responsibility.

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