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Tennessee Legislators Advocate for Non-Lethal Self-Defense Options on Campus

In response to a disturbing rise in crime rates on college campuses across Tennessee, state lawmakers are taking decisive action to enhance student safety. Recent statistics from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) reveal a nearly 30% increase in campus crime, prompting a serious discussion about practical measures to ensure student security. Against this backdrop, […]

Navigating the Tightrope: The Golden Hour of Self-Defense and the 5P Framework

In the legality following a self-defense incident, the initial moments—often called the “Golden Hour”—can significantly influence the trajectory of legal proceedings. The concept of the Golden Hour highlights a critical timeframe surrounding a self-defense scenario, where actions taken and words spoken can either solidify your stance as a law-abiding citizen acting in self-defense or cast […]

West Virginia’s Workplace Revolution: A Victory for Employee Protection

In a significant move towards bolstering workplace safety and employee rights, the West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a groundbreaking bill that shields employees from termination should they need to defend themselves from physical attacks while on the job. Under the newly passed House Bill 5621, employees who find themselves facing physical aggression from […]

Swinging Into Safety: Steel Batons Now Enter Californians Self-Defense Arsenal

In an exhilarating turn of events for self-defense enthusiasts and advocates across California, the once-restricted telescopic steel batons have made a triumphant leap from the shadows of ambiguity to the forefront of legal self-defense tools. For years, the legal status of steel batons in the Golden State hovered in a grey area, often leading individuals […]

Initial Aggressor Doctrine in Self-Defense

The initial aggressor doctrine is a legal doctrine that holds that a person who initiates a physical confrontation loses the right to claim self-defense. This doctrine is based on the idea that a person who starts a fight cannot claim that they were acting in self-defense, because they were the ones who created the situation […]

What is a Reasonable Person?

A reasonable person is a hypothetical individual who is used as a standard of conduct in negligence law. The reasonable person is someone who is careful and prudent, and who takes the necessary steps to avoid harming others. The reasonable person standard is used to determine whether a person’s actions were negligent and whether they […]

Principles of the Law of Self-Defense

The law of self-defense is a legal doctrine that allows a person to use force to protect themselves from harm. The specific laws vary from state to state, but there are some general principles that apply in most jurisdictions. I am not a lawyer, but this will be a basic primer if you are not […]

Judicious Use of Deadly Force and Use of Force Continuum

I have touched on the judicious use of force and the use of force continuum in previous posts. But this topic warrants a full article on its own. I am not a lawyer, but this will be a basic primer if you are not well-versed in it. Your best option would be to follow up […]