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get hit in one of the instant kill points. As possibly the sole witness to his criminal assault, prior to conviction, it is not a good idea to visit
the person who you are trying to put in the penitentiary for an extended time. Likely at his hospital room will be his family and friends, of similar ilk; if he is a gang member, fellow gang members. Until convicted, he is far from "under control" (and maybe not even then,) when the only thing that stands between freedom and conviction and a long sentence, is you as a witness. Witnesses have been known to disappear, be killed, be intimidated, or bought off. The examples of criminals like Ted Bundy who got religion right before they were executed, are not
good examples, because at that point the jig is truly up and they are actually "under control." You are also possibly creating a reasonable doubt situation as to what actually happened, for instance if he and his family and friends testify that you apologized at the hospital for wrongfully shooting him, his attorney argues a "consciousness of guilt" on your part for the visit, etc. Let him get convicted, then, if you really must, visit him in the penitentiary or on probation. Remember, this is a Sociopath or possibly a Psychopath that you are dealing with, not a normal, rational human being. His family, and criminal friends have reason to see that you, as a witness, do not testify and help
convict their angel, or are discredited. In his world, getting shot is a badge on honor on the street, not usually any revelation to get on the
straight and narrow. The less the criminal and his friends and family know about you the better. You are probably in as much danger after the shooting with certain criminals as you were at the time of the self-defense shooting, simply as a witness, and particularly as the sole witness. Some wounds would make it possible to safely render first aid before the ambulance arrives, but definitely not all. Finally, the fact that a Civil Suit is possible, if not likely, should be considered. Any contact allows for false testimony as to what was said in the way of admissions on your part that may allow the criminal to become the "victim," that costs you a ton of money in defense costs, attorney's fees, and even a wrongful Judgment. It is unlikely there will be a video that shows, without a doubt, that your shooting of the criminal was justified, creating possible jury questions, i.e. don't muck up the criminal case or create a false civil case by trying too quickly to save the soul of the guy who was trying to kill you or cause you great bodily harm. There should be time for that after conviction.
jesus taught in 'non-fatal encounters' to "turn the other cheek" and added, "as much as possible be at peace with all men." On earth He protected his disciples. (John 17:11-12). But as he prepared to leave this world he commanded, in Luke 22:36, "he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one".
In Exodus 20:13 the Bible instructs that, "Thou shalt not kill". God hates murder. and He hates criminal acts. But He clearly differentiates between murder and lethal self-defence. In Exodus 22:2 we are instructed that, "If the thief is found breaking in during the night, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed".
The Psalmist, attributed his ability to defend himself to God's assistance. He said in Psalms 144:1, "Blessed be Jehovah my rock, who teaches my hands to war and my fingers to fight."
If you are a Christian or even if you are not - I recommend this Book. You need to resolve what you believe before a violent encounter happens.
Author Hopkins has been a Prosecutor, Police Officer and Judge and a Christian. He is well qualified to write this book and has done a great job.
I recommend this book. It is a sane, realistic and accurate book. I also recommend getting 'More Guns, Less Crime' by Professor John Lott. No criminal wants to rob or rape an armed citizen.
Now all 50 States have passed a Concealed Carry Handgun Bill for law-abiding vetted and qualified responsib le citizens and the States has not turned into a wild west show.
We have a God-given responsibility to protect ourself, our family and our neighbour and these books vertify that. Get em', you'll be glsd you did
However, I found his book unnecessarily long and repetitive. Furthermore, I think there were numerous instances where he made huge jumps between his exegesis and application. It just feels like he is trying to force his point upon at times.
One thing I didn't expect were his historical/biblical fiction chapters. Those were well written, fun to read, and illustrated his points well.
Let me add that this exposition encouraged me in my perception of my Savior. He is the Lord Almighty. He will reign over all. Kind of hard to do that if you are a pacifist!