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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Self-defense for life and family can be vital

  • The decision to defend one’s life, or the life of another, is one of the most complex and important circumstances in life to consider.

In the fight against crime, one of the unfortunate realities is that there are occasions when citizens have to make split-second decisions that cannot be undone and can end or change life drastically.

There are many tools available for self-defense, from verbal de-escalation to martial arts to surveillance technology and monitoring of the home.

Yet, according to the Pew Research Center, 48% of gun owners say they own a gun mainly for protection of home and self. And one-in-three Americans own a gun with over 393 million registered firearms.

All the law enforcement personnel contacted for this story made it clear that without forethought and planning, the issue of personal protection can go sideways in a hurry.
Cottonwood County Attorney Nick Anderson offered two recent cases as examples of self-defense gone wrong.

For more details on this story, please see the March 27 edition of the Citizen.

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