There are even some states that enshrine their hesitancy in the penal code, explicitly stating that deadly force is only going to be authorized if there's no other choice and all but certain death/crippling is the thing being avoided.Wow! I hate the dichotomy of the options: death or possible heavy fines, court costs, & years in prison. If I am "backed against a wall" with a perpetrator, so to speak, that is a tough decision to face. It really makes me wonder how useful carrying a firearm would be.
Thanks for all of the feedback.
Yeah, it's stark in many of the U.S. states, how they effectively back the citizens into a legal corner, all but threatening them with "the rack" and penury if they dare lift a finger in their own defense.
But in most states it's nowhere near that bad. Generally speaking, NO state in the U.S. legally demands and requires a person to simply" suck it up" when facing crippling injury or death. Just ensure you're well aware of your own state's use-of-force statutes. And ensure you do everything you can, time allowing, to show any onlookers that you're being "backed against a wall" and "have no other choice" than to employ force (even deadly force) to halt the violent felony being perpetrated.
For myself, thankfully I live in a state that hasn't gone completely bat dung crazy on the matter. It's about as good as it gets, really. Still, even here, one needs to "get it right" in an ugly situation. And ensuring onlookers see a violent felon being halted always helps the subsequent investigation seeing it the proper way.
It is a challenging decision, choosing to refuse to be victimized and violated. Can be expensive no matter how you slice it. But it'll be cheaper than dying or allowing your family members to die because of some perp's bad choices.
I'd suggest going through a handful of highly-regarded defensive training courses, including with sidearms, knives. Think through the scenarios you're likely to encounter. Determine to what level you'll actually be capable of performing, in those situations. Prepare your tools and settings as well as you can, along with your skills. And be willing. That, in addition to knowing your own state's statutes "cold" should be sufficient to get you through most things.