justification for lethal force with knife????
Its going to take a few sentences to lay out the questions for you all.
Not even sure this is quite the right forum, because it is a little more about martial arts than knives.
Scenario--you are unarmed and confronted by a knife wielder; or perhaps you are armed with a handgun and confronted with a knife wielder.
You see an opportunity to disarm and after a one second encounter you are now holding the knife; maybe you've broken someone's finger too.
In one martial arts style I was taught the instant follow through would be to use the knife you now hold and finish your assailant off.
Today, I was taking some Krav lessons, not the art I started with, and the instructor made a comment along the lines of, " in some schools they teach to use the knife instantly on your opponent; we suggest you try to break it off while you are holding the weapon and leave."
Well, that got me thinking. Lethal force is OK to stop the threat.
Would the threat be considered over when you are holding the knife? I think not. Or at least not necessarily. The guy might just continue to attack with bare hands and brute force.
With our handguns, the rule seems to be that if the opponent is holding a weapon, or there is a disparity of force, you can use lethal force to stop the threat. But in the scene I just outlined, the instant you gain possession of the knife, the disparity of force shifts in your favor, and the grave lethal threat against you has stopped, or at least diminished.
So, what do you all think is lawful in these hand to hand situations--go ahead and plunge the knife in the split second you get hold of it, or
what? What are you to do if you feel the fight is going to continue?
I guess ideally you would want to use a martial art skill to so damage the assailant that he couldn't recover the knife; but that isn't something you can ever be sure of pulling off.
What say you guys and gals? Is it lawful to use a knife you have just taken from an assailant on an "unarmed" and perhaps injured BG?
(Answers should assume this all happens in seconds with no time to dance around and do a victory wave while holding the knife above your head yelling "I won.")