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Alan Korwin, the author of five books and co-author of eight others, is a full-time freelance writer, consultant, speaker and businessman with a twenty-five-year track record. He is a founder and two-term past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, which has presented him with its Visionary Leadership award, named in his honor, the Korwin Award. He has received national awards for his publicity work as a member of the Society for Technical Communication, and is a past board member of the Arizona chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Mr. Korwin wrote the business plan that raised $5 million in venture capital and launched the in-flight catalog SkyMall; he did the publicity for Pulitzer Prize cartoonist Steve Benson s fourth book; working with American Express, he wrote the strategic plan that defined their worldwide telecommunications strategy for the 1990s; and he had a hand in developing ASPED, Arizona s economic strategic plan. Korwin s writing appears nationally regularly. Korwin turned his first book, The Arizona Gun Owner s Guide, into a self-published best-seller, now in its 24th edition. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the country. It is built around nine books he has completed on the topic, including unabridged federal guides Gun Laws of America and Supreme Court Gun Cases, a large line of related books and DVDs, and nearly 1,000 radio and TV appearances. He was an invited guest at the U.S. Supreme Court for oral argument in D.C. v. Heller, which led to his 11th book, The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed. After You Shoot is his 13th book. Alan Korwin is originally from New York City, where his clients included IBM, AT&T, NYNEX and others, many with real names. He is a pretty good guitarist and singer, with a penchant for parody (his current band is The Cartridge Family). In 1986, finally married, he moved to the Valley of the Sun. It was a joyful and successful move.
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  • Perfect Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomfield Press; 1st edition (November 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889632260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889632261
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a fan of some of Korwin's other writing, I think he does a decent job of summarizing state laws in other books (considering he's a non-lawyer writing law books). But I believe that "After You Shoot" is a dangerous book to the reader. It is largely based on the premise of "call your lawyer and have HIM call 911." I believe that this could possibly lead to a "clean shoot" being charged as a homicide, because it delays aid to the person shot. I was thinking this throughout the book, and then the lawyers Korwin interviews at the end agreed with my thought and disagreed with Korwin on this, and several other of Korwin's theories.

Also, when I read his suggestion to carry a CARD in your wallet stating that you want to cooperate but won't talk to police until you talk to a lawyer, I thought "this would seem damn wonky and work against you." And the lawyers Korwin interviews at the end agreed with my thought and disagreed with Korwin on this.

Korwin says over and over that you should ask to speak to "MY attorney" not "AN attorney." The difference of this wording of one over the other are not the mystical "get out of jail free" "magic words" Korwin seems to imply they are by constantly stressing the wording. And while Korwin's suggestion to pay for an hour with a lawyer up front to suss them out is a good idea, it doesn't really makes them "your" lawyer. Only HIRING a lawyer truly makes them "your" lawyer. And the lawyers Korwin interviews at the end agreed with my thought and disagreed with Korwin on this. Korwin suggested putting down a 10 or 20 grand retainer, which does not even make them YOUR lawyer, until you actually HIRE them. And most people do not have the resources to do this.
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During a typical state-mandated defensive firearms class there comes an hour - usually during that sleepy time after lunch - where the instructor gives some obligatory advice on what to do should you ever be forced to use the skills you're learning. Generally the advice comes down to two points:

* Call 911.

* Don't say anything.

The reason you call 911 is to demonstrate your human concern and compassion for the dirtbag whose chest you just ventilated as he threatened you or your family with death or grievous injury, and so that you can get police officers on-site to investigate a homicide or physical assault - an act that you just carried out. So as a potential felony defendant, you are now expected (if not strictly legally required) to call the police and speak into the police recorder, ever keeping in your adrenalin-charged mind that "anything you say will be used against you."

Alan Korwin, principle author of the indispensable Gun Owner's Guide series, has earned a reputation as a guy who thinks creatively and speaks his mind. In his latest project, After You Shoot, he tackles the issue of how, after defending yourself with lethal force against a criminal attack, you need to be prepared to defend yourself against the criminal justice system, starting with how you notify the authorities. According to Korwin's sources, about half of the convictions arising out of self-defense incidents stem from unwise statements made in a frantic 911 call. With sometimes startling insight, and a sharp sense of the ironic, Korwin explores different paths through the treacherous legal terrain that can face anyone who uses deadly force in self-defense.
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This book poses an important question often overlooked in self-defence preparation: how to deal with the authorities in the aftermath of defending yourself. One specific question he focuses on is whether you should call your attorney before calling the cops. The author raises it in the context of self-defence shootings but it would perhaps be equally applicable in any situation where you had to defend yourself whether armed or unarmed. He touches on some slightly wider issues as well, such as whether you should call an ambulance for the injured attacker or if you should try to render aid yourself.

The author presents his recommendations for how you should deal with this situation with the caveat that he is not a lawyer. In preparing the book he sought the opinions of a lot of key people including lawyers and acclaimed shooting instructors (like Massad Ayoob). While the author has done a very fair job of reflecting the views of all with whom he consulted it seems none of these experts agreed with his recommendations (some not at all and some not entirely).

In the end, anyone reading this book in the hope of finding a definitive set of instructions as to what to do in this situation will be a little disappointed. The reality it seems is that there can't be any clear-cut set of instructions as each case will be different. Each self-defence incident, each individual defender and attacker, responding police officer, prosecutor, judge and juror will be different and there is only so much anyone can do to predict how it will all play out. This doesn't however mean we shouldn't have a game plan and the book at least presents some different alternatives as to what elements of that game plan could be.

The book is still worth a read if only to open your mind to the question of what should you do after you have had to defend yourself. In the end it will be up to each of us to find the answer depending of the particular situation.
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