Never fire a warning shot, ever


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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One Response to Never fire a warning shot, ever

  1. shootinjh says:

    What I posted on the linked blog:

    “I saw your article on the Individuals Talking Back blog…

    I disagree with the absolute nature of your advice. While I don’t teach students to shoot warning shots, I can see several scenarios in which I might consider that option OK. I know that on blogs I should act like a tough guy that wants to shoot anyone that attacks me and use old clich├ęs to defend that position, but I hung that up the bravado with my government badge and SWAT vest years ago. A gun is not a weapon, but it can be used as one, much like a bat. A gun is a tool, and has multiple uses, including being a great hand-warmer.

    If you are in a parking lot and three guys grab a teenage girl and are dragging her kicking and screaming toward their van down by the river, and you are 25 yards away and don’t think you can hit them and miss her, and you see a dump truck pile of dirt about 20 yards from you…. With the short scenario I presented, each reader can think of 5 different variations and more tactical considerations.

    If, in the above scenario, I heard that you shot into the dirt bang, yelled, “Run you motor scooters run, because i have 18 more and the next one is for you” and if they run away, the teenage girl is not raped or killed, you get a $750 ticket from your local rulers but you do NOT have to pay $50,000 in legal fees to “win” the case against you for shooting one of the attackers, who it turns out was simply a misguided choir boy, I will not have harsh words for you. If your warning shot bounces off a rock in the dirt pile and kills a little girl a block away, and if the attackers think you missed and then attack you as well, well, you will be in trouble. Whatever action you take, if it turns out bad, the self-defense crowd, the press, the government and a few hundred other folks will second-guess what you did.

    It occurs to me that carrying a tool that can be used for self defense is a serious responsibility, much like driving a car. Each action I take increases or decreases risk, both physical and legal, and who the heck knows? The chance that I will ever need to use my gun to defend myself is very slim. If I ever do, the chance that I will use the gun to shoot a warning shot is even more slim, but I think it is prudent for me to thoughtfully consider all options. “

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