Family Concerns for Armed Citizens


An Interview with Massad Ayoob

Interview by Gila Hayes

Before a defensive gun use arises, what kinds of discussions should the armed citizen have with his or her family to prevent a self-defense incident from cascading into an even worse aftermath? Things can really go wrong if family members are caught off guard because they don’t realize what is likely to happen after use of force! Network members frequently ask us what they should tell their family members about aftermath management, and we took those and related concerns to a man who has taught us much about managing the aftermath of a critical incident, Massad Ayoob.

eJournal: Mas, we get a lot of questions from members about what they need to do to help their family members prepare for the realities of armed self defense. Perhaps it would make sense to start our questions and answers by asking what do armed families with children need to consider?

Ayoob: First, with a family, you do have to be especially aware of safe storage of the firearm and all those basic precautions, but when the kids are old enough, the kids need to learn that you don’t speak to an investigator until Mom and Dad have cleared it.

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President’s Message

Marty eJournal column pixby Marty Hayes, J.D.

In case you haven’t noticed, let me share a little secret. We are smack dab in the middle of political season 2016, and the presidential election is sure to be a doozy. While I don’t like to speak of politics here in the members’ online journal, occasionally we make an exception, and this election calls for one of those exceptions.

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Attorney Question of the Month


Shooting someone in self defense is universally recognized as an act of deadly force, but what about self defense with a knife? While a knife can certainly be used as a deadly weapon, often a knife cut is not deadly, not debilitating, and may heal without medical treatment. With that in mind, our question of the month is–

Does the court always consider the knife a deadly weapon? Are there possible situations in which a person defending him- or herself with a knife might NOT be viewed as attempting to kill another?

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Book Review

The Second Amendment and the American Gun: Evolution and Development of a Right Under Siege

by Jim Fleming
P.O. Box 1569, Monticello MN 55362
140 pages, illustrated
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Reviewed by Gila Hayes

Several months ago, Network Advisory Board member James Fleming commented on Facebook that he had turned over his latest book, The Second Amendment and the American Gun: Evolution and Development of a Right Under Siege, for final editing. When I expressed how eager I was to read it, Jim and his wife Lynne graciously sent a pre-release copy that I enjoyed reading over the Independence Day holiday. I think our members will enjoy Jim’s new book, too, so let me share some of what I learned to whet your appetite for more.

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News from our Affiliates


Compiled by Josh Amos and Gila Hayes

It is our pleasure to recognize two of the Network Affiliated Instructors for their high performance levels in promoting the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network.

Let’s first give a bit of news from affiliated instructor, John Pemberton. John has a busy schedule as the owner of Spartan Dynamics in South Bend, Indiana, where he promotes education, good training, and responsibility for all of his armed citizen students. Spartan Dynamics hosts a wide range of classes from novice to advanced, pistol, shotgun, rifle, legal issues for armed citizens, as well as armed and unarmed combatives, classes for ladies...and more. In addition to his leadership with Spartan Dynamics and partnership with the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network, John also continues to promote his messages of education, training and responsibility with his active partnership with Kodiak Firing Range and Training Facility, also in South Bend, IN.

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Editor’s Notebook


by Gila Hayes

Preparedness and ability to survive a mass killer attack is on the minds of most armed citizens. The Munich mass shooting reports reminded me of NRA News contributor Dom Raso’s warning that gun-free zones, especially busy shopping malls, are extremely attractive to terrorists wishing “to be remembered for killing more innocent people than the terrorists before him.” His commentary is refreshing after the tidal wave of psychobabble following the Miami club shooting, and vapid and repetitive excuses that murderers suffered as bullied children, so act out of revenge for juvenile cruelty.

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About this Journal


The eJournal of the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. is published monthly on the Network’s website at Content is copyrighted by the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc.

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