One of the things that bothers me about armed self defense is what happens after I kill or wound an attacker? What then? Do I get indicted? Get no-billed? Go to jail? Win, but spend the rest of my life paying off an attorney? That leads me to thinking about “if shooting someone opens the door to all these risks, what are the rules that govern what is judged a “good” shoot or a “bad” shoot? Thankfully, I’m not the only one that worries about such things. And even better, there are people out there who know a lot more than I do on the topic, and are willing to share. Enter everybody’s favorite self-defense expert Massad Ayoob.
If you’ve read a gun magazine or watched a show about self-defense on TV, you’re probably already familiar with Mr. Ayoob. An active law enforcement officer since 1972, Ayoub is the go-to guy for not only self-defense information, but also as an expert witness for defense attorneys in self-defense trials. In short, he’s an acknowledged expert in the field.
Today I received an email from a fellow member of a gun range, with details on a course tailor-made to answer my burning questions on self-defense. Billed as the MAG -20, Armed Citizens’ Rules of Engagement Course, the session I was notified about will take place March 5/6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here’s how the email pitches the course:
Understanding the circumstances where one is legally justified in the use of deadly force is very confusing given the myths surrounding this subject matter and also the vast sea of convoluted laws that govern its use. This is a very complex, somber, and unpleasant subject that many prefer to avoid all together. Unfortunately though, by not knowing the rules of engagement, many individuals including police officers and law-abiding citizens find themselves being prosecuted for actions that they believed to be reasonable, just, and within the confines of the law. One way to avoid such a predicament is to just avoid self-defense altogether. The best way however, is to become knowledgeable in the intricate inner workings of the legal system with regard to self-defense.
All this knowledge does not come cheap – the course itself is $350, which does not include transportation, food, or lodgings. But given what I know about Ayoob, his background, and his teaching style, I’m betting it would be $350 well-spent. Here’s a link to their flyer for the event.
While TTAG isn’t in the business of endorsing specific events, seminars, or training, it’s hard to argue with the topic, and it’s pretty obvious that our man Massad knows his stuff. I’m sure this course is offered periodically elsewhere around the country, but I was unable to find more information on other sessions that might be more convenient for some of our readers.
When it comes to the rules of engagement, I’ve got more questions than answers. But I suspect Massad Ayoob has at least a majority of the answers I’m looking for.