I know this IS my first post but I read some posts about a similar topic and wanted to add my $.02
I'de add that I lost someone who I considered a good man, citizen, volunteer law enforcement officer and teacher. He ran into some hard times and possibly made SOME bad decisions but on a trip to the local chain pharmacy he encountered another CHP holder... A CHP holder who I believe overreacted and did in fact violate law. There was a dispute between my guy we'll call (j) and the other CHP holder over place in line. The aggressor made some threatening statements. J OC'd the aggressor after the aggressor approached him and made some threatening statements...I have this info on good source... but j pursued him after OC'ing him and the aggressor stated he couldn't see and became afraid as my guy stayed on him basically "calling him out" and challenging him while insinuating he could finish the job.
The "other" individual drew down and fired several rounds proving almost immediately fatal.
I guess my point is I don't feel like civilians need to be exercising use of force continuum like LEO's
I am a former Federal LEO who's very very supportive of CHP holders and to a lesser degree open carry ....as CHP holders have gone through the process to show proficiency and the willingness to submit to societies rules on concealed carry and the more thorough background. Furthermore while I understand the desire some open carry folks have to shatter the stigmas of guns in public It needs to be a process...not a expectation of overnight change in perception.
More importantly OC MOST often causes ALL involved to experience SOME level of discomfort. You inadvertently inject an element that can negatively affect your ability to shoot accurately and potentially obscure the sight of potential witness's, innocent bystanders and responding LEO's....and it could be argued that if you had time to deploy OC you had time withdrawal from the fight. I've read SO many wise folks here repeatedly comment that DISCHARGING your firearm has lifelong ramifications like it or not. Ethically, Morally, Emotionally, Financially, from a public perception standpoint and the fear that will always for the rest of your life follow you that should you be under the influence and make a machismo statement or even just an off the cuff comment to a stranger that recognizes your picture from the news story about your actions ....which is somehow repeated to the city prosecutor at a later time that somehow causes him to reconsider the case and leads to your arrest and prosecution for the shooting.
I'm attaching a link to the story....there's a plethora of facts in this case to consider that occurred AFTER we worked together in the Sheriffs Office in 2005/6 where he was a fantastic, reliable and dedicated public servant. Regardless it goes to show that things like OC'ing someone over a perceived dispute or incident you may NOT have all the facts and can significantly alter where you stand legally.
My friend left a family/children behind over what ultimately should of just NEVER occurred. I know some additional info but will wait for trial to conclude prior to commenting. Suffice it to say I think he was angry about some things but was not a nut, extremist, radical, bigot or psycho.... There are some very interesting facts that will be revealed at trial.
Generally speaking I just thought this might be a case study for some and I really don't want to see the 2A cause hurt or another good man or woman lose their life over a stupid stupid issue.
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