Long and difficult topic to discuss, with lots of good points brought up by many participants.
I will just make this short and sweet, the law will be whatever the college educated idiot prosucutor says it is. What is written in black and white isn't what's important. What's important is how the college educated idiot prosecutor interprets the law.
The final interpretation will be for a Judge or Jury, but the college educated idiot is the one that starts the whole ball of wax rolling. I've met a few prosecutors in my time. Some are good, but most are idiots.
My advice would be to sit down with a local defense attorney and find out the mood of the court in your area. Ask about what is perceived by the local college educated idiots as allowed and not allowed. Most college educated idiots have faced nothing more lethal than a papercut, yet are tasked with deciding to bring forth charges in a lethal case. That's a lot of responsibility to hand to someone that doesn't have much of a clue. For example, I can think of a lot of cases where shooting an unarmed attacker, or even shooting someone in the back is the proper and justified legal response.
Your job, should you be unfortunate enough to expirience any defensive scenario, is to be able to articulate why you did what you did and how it was in compliance with the law. Most lawyers don't even know this stuff, as 99% of their clients are guilty, and they know it.
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