RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS who choose to arm themselves know they must develop the mindset, weapons skills and tactics to effectively deal with a potential threat. They know they must maintain and enhance those attributes over time. Many are coming to understand that a critical phase of a deadly force (or threat of deadly force) event is what happens afterwards. Some have a rudimentary plan. But just as a rudimentary understanding and plan might not be enough to deal with a threat, it might not be enough to deal with the aftermath. Mismanaging the aftermath can place you in serious jeopardy — or even prison.
Most people believe that something they don’t say cannot be used against them. What if I told you that, in some cases, your silence can be used against you?
“What?!” you say. “What about my Fifth Amendment rights? The U.S. Supreme Court would never stand for this!”
Well, they did: Salinas v. Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the defendant’s silence under police questioning could be used against him in court.
by Steve Houseal