This is a discussion on can't trust anybody these days within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by mrhutch I had thought that in order to use lethal force, you had to be confronted with lethal force. but i've been ...
Definitely, review your state's laws regarding the use of force. Review the concept of the "deadly force triangle" of Ability, Opportunity, Jeopardy. Perhaps speak with a competent attorney if uncertain where the legal dividing line lies, in your state.
See GA Title 16-3-21 and 16-3-23. In short, you are legally allowed to stop a forcible felony. You are also legally allowed to use force, up to and including lethal force, to prevent death or serious injury to you or other innocents. You must reasonably believe that to be the case, but then that's basically true most everywhere.
In any case, if you use force to thwart a crime against you, you'll be taken to task to explain your actions. So be it. Expect to do so. But ... realize that in order to do so you must be alive. Being taken "out back" is a prelude to nothing good. Too many good people are pushing daisies who started the day thinking that way.
also forget the mixxed feelings, put a poster or anything that blocks the direct view of your register from the outside when it is open,, You can do this and still have the register area seen from outside, and if you are creative it wont even be noticed. (meaning put the blocking item not on the window but by the register so it covers more area from different views)
Each time you open your register you are putting your self at risk,, all it takes is a guy standing outside to glance in and see a large amount of bills,, even if its just a lot of small change, if he can see it and has bad intentions he will be back thinking you are a good target.
IF he is casing the place and cant see in the register he will either case it some more,,, (hopefully you will notice) or he will find another target, You saw how the folks choose somene else, they set you up to be robbed and changed their minds, you will never know why, but you can make your own store less likely a target.
Installing cameras that the customer can see is another good deterant, there are two views on this one says if they can see the cameras they will avoid them,, the other is that if they cant see the cameras/monitor they wont care/know they could get caught,, I choose the viewable screen,, as well as cameras that are not so noticeable for other locations... The key here is detterring, because you will not have the advantage if you are getting robbed, as you noted the first guy controlled you,, put you on the ground,, even though you then secured your weapon you were still controlled,, there will be no difference if they have a gun and you have a gun, if you are controlled your gun is not a good option... so back to detterance..
Stay safe, stay alert, and keep working on the wife,,,she may never carry but she may be open to having a gun in a secure area like the back of the store,, which is still back up for you if things go bad...
Last edited by Southtexas; April 9th, 2008 at 04:13 AM. Reason: forgot to comment on dropping the big bills right away.