I recently reviewed a post from U.S. Concealed Carry Association discussing the topic of when you are justified in shooting an unarmed attacker.
The highlight of the post is a video featuring U.S. Concealed Carry Association Director of Content Kevin Michalowski interviews criminal defense attorney Tom Grieve of Wisconsin-based Grieve Law, LLC. The two men discuss a recent incident where an unarmed man caused great bodily harm to a pair of homeowners in Chicago
From the post “As with most questions dealing with deadly force, there is no clear-cut answer on whether or not you can shoot someone who is unarmed.”
The video highlights topics such as:
- As a general principle, you have the right to use deadly force to stop a deadly threat.
- But what constitutes an imminent deadly threat?
- How do different states define a potentially deadly threat?
- What defines great bodily harm?
- What are victim-subject factors (aka officer-subject factors)?
- Why are so many self-defense laws purposely vague?
- Why is it important to pursue training and education on local gun laws?
- Why is it so difficult to determine proper self-defense response levels to a threat?
- How can you steer clear of potential legal trouble following the use of force in self-defense?
- How can you improve the narrative surrounding a self-defense incident if you find yourself in the legal system?
View the compete video for more details.