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I can't run very well

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by SCmasterblaster, May 16, 2011.

  1. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
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    Hartford, Vermont
    Due to a sciatic nerve injury in my right leg. I can walk half-way decent, but steady standing is not quite there yet. How does this affect my self-defence standing? I am currently carrying a C1 M1911A1 .45 until my G17 comes back. I figure that if I cannot run away from a threat, I am more likely to draw and shoot. Where do I stand, so to speak?
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

    Nov 6, 2005
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    A disability which compromises mobility takes retreat off the table as a tactical option, to a large degree. It also greatly compromises the crime victim's ability to fight off an attack with less-than-lethal force.

    If faced with a physical attack as opposed to armed assault, my advice to the physically challenged person would be to shout loudly, "Don't hit me! I'm crippled! If you hit me, I could die!" An assailant who continues a physical assault after that has clearly manifested an intent to cause death or great bodily harm.

    Spend some time in a legal library, researching deadly force law in the given state. Look up "disparity of force." This is a situation where the ostensibly unarmed attacker is so likely to kill or cripple if he carries out his assault, that the situation warrants the use of a deadly weapon by the defender.

    The able-bodied attacking the physically disabled is one element that establishes disparity of force.