+1trip286 said:Never. Warnings are for people who's lives or families are NOT in imminent danger. If you have to shoot, you never shoot for anything except to stop a threat or to stop an assailant's assault. No more, no less, ever.
A prison sentence of 20 years for shooting a warning shot instead of shooting abuse husband is downright insane.
+ 1 well said Triptrip286 said:Never. Warnings are for people who's lives or families are NOT in imminent danger. If you have to shoot, you never shoot for anything except to stop a threat or to stop an assailant's assault. No more, no less, ever.
Her real problem was that she re-entered the house after safely fleeing from the attacker. At that point any and all self-defense claims are gone. Had she shot him she may be facing a life sentence...I do believe, however, that she needs a better attorney...she should not have been convicted, no one was harmed whatsoever in this case. 20 years is a bit excessive but indicative of what happens when mandatory sentencing laws take away a judges discretion...a widesweeping law aimed at keeping violent criminals in jail catches an abuse victim in it's net.
It makes more sense to put the first shot into the right or left collar bone, although the right is more merciful, since that is further away from the heart.My "warning shot" will connect around the sternum. The second non-warning shot near the right collar bone. And the you should of payed attention to my warning shot shot will be another 5-6 inches higher and back in line with the hole in the sternum
You may want to rethink that idea. A good friend of mine was involved in a series of events extremely similar to that. He avoided a prison sentence, but at the cost of bankruptcy, a couple of years long legal battle, his wife (she left him because of the emotional distress), and his kids. In Texas, what is considered by many to be one of the less restrictive bastions of freedom in this country. Yeah, like I said, he avoided prison, but only by the skin of his teeth.Shoobee said:It depends on your definition of a "warning shot."
If I can back away from trouble, and the perp continues to follow me, then I would shoot the perp in the foot or leg. That would be his warning shot.
If I cannot back away or he already has me gripped, I would first use judo to sweep him off his feet. I have done that several times in the past already, and it has worked really well. Then as they are falling to the ground, which usually takes 2 seconds, I would back away and draw my weapon.
If they get back up and try to close the distance again, I would as I said before shoot them in the foot or leg, and that would be their warning shot.
After all that, if they are still somehow closing, like a zombie or mummy, in a Michael Jackson video, I would shoot them again. Probably in a shoulder. Probably not in the belly or chest. That would be their second warning shot.
Note that all of my warning shots would be going into their bodies, because I do not believe in wasting ammo.
Waste not, want not.
It would take a lot of PCP in their system for them to keep on coming at this point, with two warning shots lodged within their bodies, probably foot and shoulder.
If they still kept coming, and I still could not back away and get away, the next shot would be to their chest, somewhere.