As a card-carrying good guy (or gal), life may someday feed you a giant crap sandwich. You may have to shoot a violent criminal predator to defend yourself, your family or other innocent life. Unfortunately, in today’s world, politically-motivated “community activists” may come for your scalp if it suits their political interests. To make matters worse, unlike most police-involved shootings, you will not have a body cam or dash cam to back up your side of the story.
As an example, police in North Little Rock, Arkansas shot a suspect last Sunday. Police reports said the suspect pulled a gun and fired at officers. Of course, some quickly disputed the police account. Local “leaders” sounded harshly critical of the police. Without a shred of proof, nationally-known master race-baiting agitator Sean King chimed in, claiming “friends” of the “beloved son and student” called the police stop “classic racial profiling”.
The brother of the dead teen (pictured above in better times) went much further. He told a very different story from the police account to the local ABC 7 station, KATV.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — When Juwaun Jordan was riding in the car with his younger brother C.J. Smith and a friend Sunday morning, they were pulled over by North Little Rock Police at 52nd and Camp Robinson.
…”All three of them grabbed him,” said Jordan. “They say he resisted, but he wasn’t moving. He was talking. He wasn’t doing [anything].”
The 21-year-old continued to describe what happened.
“They were tussling him to the ground,” said Jordan. “When they were on the ground, one of them jumped up off of him, one shot went off, and he was like ‘he got a gun.'”
At that point, Jordan says he heard the gunshots.
“He just shot him five times,” said Jordan. “He couldn’t move, he couldn’t do nothing. He had three officers on top of him, so how was he moving?”
The older kin of the dead teen had not finished with his version of what happened:
When asked if Smith had a gun on him, Jordan said he never knew his little brother to carry a gun.
Becoming emotional, Jordan explains he still has unanswered questions about what happened.
“Why did y’all shoot him?” Jordan asked. “Y’all got tasers. Use them tasers. Why did y’all have to kill him?”
Police released the dash cam of the incident. Read Juwaun’s account once more, then watch the video. Skip to the 4:00 mark to cut to the chase.
In the video, the “beloved son and high school student” struggled with cops, producing a gun and firing a shot, narrowly missing his comrades.
The gun malfunctioned, so the teen racked the slide and popped off another round, narrowly missing the head of a police officer trying to restrain him. Once more, the gun malfunctioned.
The teen racks the slide yet again before receiving some ballistic therapy from the good guys. Some of those rounds no doubt hit the suspect in the back. From there, the would-be cop killer died face down in the gutter with his GAT in his paw. Have a nice day.
Now imagine that’s you one evening shortly after midnight. You stand in the Quickie Mart, agonizing over the healthiest Twinkie you can find. Or maybe you’re pumping gas because your spouse or teenage kid didn’t.
Or maybe you’re walking to your car after a movie or play. Some young hoodlum with foul breath and crooked teeth sticks a gun in your side and asks you ever so sweetly for your phone and your wallet. You see he’s got a couple of fellow wolves grinning at you like you’re a winning lottery ticket. Or a steak dinner.
You decide you’re not going down without a fight. In a tussle, you manage to redirect the bad guy’s weapon. By God’s good grace, you manage a fumble-free, one-handed draw and fire rapidly and promiscuously to stop the threat. A majority of your rounds enter the bad guy’s back.
The cops show up and you’ve got the smoking gun. The “beloved son and high school student” can’t talk, but the holes in his back speak volumes.
From there, the bad guy’s partners in crime then go to social media and mainstream media outlets claiming you shot their friend for no reason. In the back. Perfect fodder for the 10 O’Clock news. The next day, it’s “No justice, No peace” and all that nonsense.
Add to that a liberal prosecutor, who owes his or her elected position to the low-information voters. Will that state’s attorney do the right thing? Why would they? They don’t owe you, the law-abiding gun owner, any favors!
More than likely, he or she will simply move forward with a prosecution and let a jury sort it out. Just to be sure. After all, criminals shoot people in the back. Not good guys. After all, you don’t have any crisp, clear dash cam or body cam video of the goblin unlawfully trying to end your life before you poked him full of holes.
You can imagine the prosecutor’s stump speech already: “That hot-headed, trigger-happy lunatic was just looking for trouble when he shot poor C.J. in the back, killing him. C.J. was going to go to college and then medical school to become a brain surgeon, too! I tried to send that gun toting redneck off to prison where he belonged, but the jury let him off.”
Recognizing reality in today’s world
In so much of America today, even law and order has become politicized.
Expect to face criminal charges if you use your gun to save innocent life, even in a righteous shooting. If you need another example, look at the active-duty Marine arrested after returning fire on a would-be home invader in Detroit in recent days.
Lord help you if you happen to perforate a so-called unarmed attacker who merely possessed a club, knife or toilet bowl lid. Count on a prosecution if you ever shoot a criminal that does not have a gun, no matter the disparity of force present.
Criminal defense attorneys don’t come cheap.
Have you signed up for legal defense insurance? If not, I recommend the companies that pay up front, including the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network and US Concealed Carry Association to name a couple.
Other companies, such as the NRA’s Carry Guard, pay a little up front, and the balance upon acquittal. I don’t have $50,000 rotting away at Chase Bank waiting to pay Dewey, Cheatham and Howe for a criminal defense retainer. You probably don’t either.
You will likely face sleep disturbances (otherwise known as nightmares). Others will brand you with the Mark of Cain for taking a human life. Fair weather friends will become scarce and it might cost you your job. Your fellow church members may shun you.
It will stress your family as well as they deal with the societal aftermath of you shooting someone’s “beloved son” that so-called witnesses say was unarmed and minding his own business. Yes, even if he threatened to stick you with a screwdriver if you didn’t surrender whatever he (or she) wanted.
You may have to move so your family does not have to face threats of retribution.
And you may face trial because it serves the political interests of some in the community. In part, because unlike the local cops, you don’t have a dash cam to backup your side of the story.