This is a discussion on Watching COPS on TV, scenario for you all within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; "And by the way, it was clear from the post arrest comments that the attacker wasn't all there. Does that make a difference?" The shooter ...
"And by the way, it was clear from the post arrest comments that the attacker wasn't all there. Does that make a difference?"
The shooter in AZ obviously wasn't "all there" but I don't think there'd have been any complaints it someone shot him.
I'm more afraid of a knife than a gun, and I'm not about to let someone charge me with a gun. Why would I not protect myself from a knnife?
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I have knee problems, and can't run any distance. Even without that problem though, individual attacks me with a knife, I have a responsibility to myself to neutralize the threat. As to if the threat isn't "all there", in my opinion, it has no bearing on the situation., A crazy person will kill you just as dead as a sane one will.
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If the attacker were running at me and I was unable to evade him entirely (likely with my condition), He would end up "less there" than just "not all there."
It could be worse!
.....waiting for the day one of my COPS episodes becomes a thread topic on DC
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2: No. Your life in danger is just that.
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I'm fat (changing that as we speak) but still right now at my state, I"m too fat to try to outrun a person that is in halfway good shape. A knife have unlimited ammo, and in some cases, can do more damage than a gun. I will try to run away in hope that he/she would give up but if it gets to close for my level of safety then rounds would fly.
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"Crazy guy charging at you with a knife" is something you can train for. I do.
First option is to employ run-fu. If it's inside Tueller Drill distance the gun won't help. OC spray will be too slow. Get a car or something between you and the attacker if possible. Draw and shoot is the last resort.
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Asking this question, it seems like you are unclear on the law in Alabama. I suggest reading your Alabama Use of Force Law's.
I also suggest taking Airsoft Force on Force training in your area and run this type of drill to see what you do under this type of stress. I notice that my warning is my gun indexed. My concentration is on targeting my frontsight/point shoot of the bad guy. I want/intend to hit him every trigger pull. Talking interferes with my concentration to efficiently neutralize the threat into the ground and/or move off the X to make myself a difficult target. I realized this when I did Force on Force and someone attacks quickly.
This situation is crystal clear here in Texas. http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.u...E/htm/PE.9.htm
Texas greenlights the use of lethal force. It is reasonable for me to believe (rightly or wrongly) that the man charging me with knife attempts to kill/murder me.
Greenlight lethal force.
Movement becomes tactical depending on his speed, location, my awareness of him. I didnt see the episode. It seems like there was "alot" (use the term loosely) of preparation time as far as attacks go.
No OC, warning optional and depends on the moment and how slow the attack occurs, zero requirement. Mentally unstable is irrelevant in the eyes of the law and/or mine when closing distance on me with a weapon, knife/shank.
Bang bang bang bang into the ground
I train weekly in Tom Sotis Amok knife FoF. I have extreme respect for the power of the knife/shank in contact distance.
At contact distance, it can be very dangerous to bring a gun to a knife fight with only a semiskilled but well focused attacker that just wants to do you harm.
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