This is a discussion on A Card In My Wallet within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ProphetPoet I say...forget making up pieces of paper to hand LEO's after you've shot someone whilst defending yourself or those around you. ...
This is really dangerous advice. Don't touch a thing. Don't say a thing other than "I was in fear for my life, and I want to speak to my attorney."
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliott
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
Just know the law and act within it. Don't mess with evidence, lie to the police, or otherwise screw around and try to "outsmart" the law. If you do, you are virtually guaranteeing yourself a criminal record.
So...would you say "Security Rounds" after assailants have ceased being an immediate threat are a bad thing?
Having said that, if the rounds that it took to get the assailants to the point of no longer being an immediate threat also happened to permanently disconnect said assailants' nervous system, I would not say that that is a "bad thing."
I suggest you review forum rule #10:
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When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your comments & suggestions. You have given me a great deal to think about. The least of which is locating an attorney if the need arises. The last thing I want to do is do something that will make me do something or say something that may wind up putting me behind bars.
Until such time as I locate an attorney I'm going to revise my wallet card to say something a little simpler but valid under the circumstances. You have all given me something to think about.
Thanks again! I never realized that I posted a question that would get such a response as well. Thanks a lot everyone!
"Gun control is being able to hit your target."
Dude, you don't need a card.
All you need to say is:
"Officer, thank God you're here. I was in fear for my life. I'd like to speak with my lawyer."
Maybe toss in that you want him to call an ambulance. Gives you time to gather your thoughts and speak with your attorney.
That's it, nothing more. You don't need a card to remember that. You don't need to go into anything about the Constitution or any Amendments. And whipping out a card and handing it over or reading off of it is going to look a little suspicious.
Like someone else has stated... It may be your only chance to help yourself in the investigation immediately following a shooting.
I was in fear of my life and was forced to shoot him
I am willing to sign a complaint against the man who attacked me
I know you can appreciate the gravity of this situation and I will cooperate fully after I've had a chance to speak with my attorney
What Ayoob says is critical information which can help you is:
Officer, witnesses who may have seen what happened are over there (If you fail to point out potential witnesses to the police and they are allowed to leave the scene before the police have a chance to question them, they may be lost forever, thus losing the very people who may be able to confirm your version of what happened)
Point out physical evidence to the police before it gets swept away or lost (Ayoob points out that on more than one occasion, bullet casings have been lost because they were blown away by the wind or passing vehicles on a busy road. Also the attacker may have been armed with a weapon, knife or screwdriver that somehow gets lost or removed from the scene by someone.)
After that... by all means, clam up and keep your mouth shut. But as Ayoob pointed out, you don't want to clam up too soon by failing to point out the very evidence or witnesses that can prove you had a justifiable shooting in the first place. That would just be foolish.
Personally, I don't need a card to tell me how to behave after a shooting incident. I've already studied the subject extensively and have already spoken with an attorney.
Also, you don't get to pick those who come to investigate your incident. I can foresee a LEO developing a bad attitude right off the bat towards someone who shoves a card in their face and refuses to speak at all. If I were the cop, that would just rub me the wrong way.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
You only have this one time to impress upon the LEO if you were the victim or a suspect. While the card is a reminder of your rights, showing it to an officer could be detrimental to your case. I would cooperate with the officer up to the point of establishing yourself as the victim. You were in fear for your life and stopped the threat.
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