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| Violence & Self-Defence Law
'Self-defence' is what happens after an asocial incident. 'Self-offence' (better than 'self-protection') is the required mindset to use during asocial violence. Otherwise you put yourself at a disadvantage.
Things such as proportional response and legal consequences during asocial violence are discussed in Tim Larkin's article Cerebral Self Defense Laws Vs Physical Reality. However, in asocial violence, which is the only time you need to use violence, concern with law and degrees of violence will only undermine your ability to do violence.
So, self-defence only happens after an asocial incident. To that end, here are two pieces of guidance.
Lawful Self-DefenceHere are some of my notes from an audio conference, where Tim Larkin (founder of Target Focus Training (TFT)) and a TFT master instructor and practising attorney Matt Suitor discuss the legal implications of using self-defence & violence:-
"You may remember this heartbreaking news story... In 2000, 42 y.o. Thomas Junta took his young son to hockey practice. The coach wasn't controlling the rough play on the ice and when Junta saw his young son get elbowed in the face, he yelled at the coach to calm the kids down. The coach didn't like that. "That's hockey!" was his reply. The fuming Junta left the rink to regain composure but came back in to round up his son and his friends to take them home. When he did, the coach reportedly physically attacked him, even though Junta far outweighed him. Junta defended himself and punched the coach 3 times in "self-defense". One of those blows killed the coach - right there in front of all the children and witnesses. While Junta wasn't the instigator of the fight and was arguably defending himself after being attacked first, he was later found GUILTY of manslaughter by a court jury. Imagine... one day you're cheering your son on at his hockey practice and then the next day, you're looking at never being able to watch him play on the ice again! Think about all YOU have to lose in your life if you were even pulled away from your family and sentenced to prison. Sadly, all it takes is ONE "WRONG MOVE" on your part! In Junta's case, even though he was defending himself, it was his FIRST WORDS to the police when they showed up that tanked his defense. He tried to convince the cops that it was a "fair fight" and that he wasn't afraid of the coach - and the coach wasn't afraid of him. Wrong answer! While some people will tell you "not to say a single word" so you don't incriminate yourself, this is actually NOT the best advice. Instead, you should say, "I was afraid for my life!" Then point out (briefly!) exactly what made you feel that way... and then shut up! This is actually only PART of what you need to know about how to deal with the police when you're forced to defend yourself (with or without a weapon). And again, if you get ANY of these recommended actions wrong, it can hurt you in court if you're put on trial. You can find out all you need to know on the "Bulletproof Defense" DVD at www.BulletproofDefenseDVD.com"
[This was taken from an ISCQC (International Society of Close Quarter Combatants) email of 4 October 2012. The red colouring is mine.]