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Concealed Carry and Road Rage

road-rageYou’re cruising down the highway minding your own business when a jacked up truck cuts you off. Do you honk the horn and curse at him? Flip him the bird? Get aggressive back and tailgate him? Or do you let it slide and play defensive?

Let’s play this scenario out. You honk back, flip him off, and tailgate him. He gets mad and starts getting even more aggressive with his driving at you. You end up following him off the highway and get stopped behind him at a stoplight. He gets out of his truck and walks towards your vehicle and gets aggressive. He pushes you and you push back. He pulls a knife, and you are carrying a gun. You draw and shoot. Was it legal?

The scenario above is an example of being a willing participant. Since you participated in the actions that escalated into force on force, you lost the legal right to use lethal force in “self-defense.” This means you could be charged with murder!

In order to maintain the legal right to use lethal force one must be a non-willing participant. A non-willing participant would be one who attempted to diffuse the situation or end it.

When we are armed, we must not let our ego guide us into an altercation. We must maintain a cool and level head. Now, this doesn’t mean we need to tuck our tails in shame all the time. This just means that we need to be smart. Do not engage with someone who is engaging you. We must attempt to disengage in order to retain our legal right to use lethal force in self-defense.

Believe it or not, carrying a gun actually limits our options. Be smart, be cool, and be level headed. Don’t let yourself get sucked into an altercation. Make sure to always be a non-willing participant.

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