Living with the Consequences of a Justified Shooting
In the classroom portion of our Basic Handgun/Concealed Carry Class, we like to stress the importance of the responsibility our students are about to sign up for by carrying a concealed weapon. Our courses stress real world relevance, since the process and expectations for civilians are no different than a police officer, apart from who writes the insurance check if things go badly. Many courses teach the required classroom portion of the Concealed Carry Class, but not many show you how to load, point and shoot, let alone what to do in the event of a justified shooting, should you find yourself in that situation.
Throughout the day, our Basic Handgun class stresses being prepared for the aftermath of a shooting. And there is an aftermath. No matter what, you will likely be arrested, though perhaps not charged. The police will take you in for questioning to find out all the details of what went down. We feel it is necessary for you to feel confident in knowing what to do in the event of having to shoot someone.
What to say to 911:
“I was just involved in a self defense shooting. I am located at (give address or location). Tell the dispatcher your name and what you are wearing (as exact a description of your attire as you can). LISTEN to the dispatcher. Answer their questions, and LISTEN to their instructions. They will ask if you are still holding the weapon, and most likely they will tell you to holster it. Finally, the most important thing to do is LISTEN to the commands of the responding officer, do EXACTLY what they tell you to do.
When someone is involved in a shooting of any kind, they are likely in shock, and therefore, it is important to keep a clear head and really understand what else is about to happen. It is crucial that you are prepared for handling the aftermath.
Some questions to consider when deciding whether to carry a concealed weapon:
1. Will I carry a firearm every day, all the time? How will I carry? (However you carry, you should practice shooting from that position.)
2. Will I have enough time set aside to practice with my carry firearm?
3. Am I responsible enough to carry a firearm?
4. Do I have the financial means to purchase firearms, ammunition & accessories needed?
5. And the biggest question: Am I prepared to take the life of another human being if presented with a threat?
Carrying is not for everyone, and it is not to be taken lightly. Do your research, practice, and see how you actually feel about all these aspects before making your decision.