[I put this here because it does not really fit into the "guns and gear" category, nor the "activism" stuff. ]
When is deadly force justified? We all know that comes with a threat or attack that puts us or others in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm. The attacker must have the ability, proximity and demonstrate intent to do that harm. How you determine that in the few seconds you might have to mount a defense... well, that's a good question. If you wait long enough to carefully evaluate those things, you might not survive it. This is clearer and more defensible inside your home, but when you take to the streets you don't have that advantage.
The problem is proving those conditions existed, after the fact to the court. And yes, you will likely have to prove it rather than the court system having to prove you were the aggressor. And most districts will work hard to prove you guilty... of SOMETHING.
The "reasonable man" doctrine. "Would a reasonable person under the same circumstances, knowing what you knew at the time, likely have used deadly force in self defense?"
This sounds fair, until you really think about it. "Reasonable" is about as subjective as you can get! So, finding a jury of people who will accept your "reasonable" account of the affair is a crap shoot. You would probably find 12 people who were "reasonable" about the attack here in NE Wyoming, but probably not in New Jersey or So. California.
And then you could contemplate all of the laws, rules, customs and prejudices of your fellow citizens. All that should only take a few hours, in reality, or at least it will eat up all of the few seconds you have left to live. You probably don't want to spend those seconds trying to decide if you really can and should draw and shoot.
So, it would seem very good to have spent some time thinking about this, learning as much as you can about those "reasonable" people, the laws and customs, etc. long before you strap on a gun and carry it out into public.
I recently joined the Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network. www.armedcitizensnetwork.org
Rather than me typing all of the information, please take a look at the link if you are interested.
They have sent me a number of booklets called, "What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law"
If you PM me with your mailing address, I'll be glad to send you one - while supplies last.
In the meantime, what is the situation where you live? What would be the "reasonable man" verdict there?
Have you given serious thought to these things?
Let's talk about it.