I had a conversation with a reader the other day that scared the crap out of me…
It was during the regular “open office hours” that we do each week for New World Patriot Alliance members.
An NWPA member named Steve called me from New York State.
As you probably already know, New York hates guns, so it’s hard to get a CCW permit there, and Steve was looking for other options.
Right now, he told me, he carries nonmetallic self-defense knives – specifically, one of those Super Secret Squirrel Shadow Ninja Knives (kidding) made out of glass-reinforced Nylon.
One of my employees, Buck Greene (who also lives in New York), complained to me just the other day that New York just passed a law making these plastic knives illegal.
(If it was “commercially manufactured as a weapon,” and it can pass a metal detector test, just owning one could get you jail time in NY.)
I pointed this out to Steve, who didn’t think it was a problem.
“I would hope a jury would take that into consideration,” he told me. “After all, if I defended myself and it was ‘justified force’, they’d understand, right?”
And that’s what scared me, because Steve needs to understand this very simple fact…
The Law DOESN’T CARE About You!
The really frustrating thing about Steve’s attitude is just how many people believe what he believes.
We all want to think that, sure, our laws make some things illegal, but if we have to bend the law for a good cause, justice will win out… right?
But you (and Steve) don’t have to take my word for it, because there was JUST a case in New York that shows how big a mistake it is to assume “justice” is going to win.
In fact, just a few months ago, a man named Ronald Stolarczyk was arrested and imprisoned after he KILLED a pair of home invaders… but he’s NOT being charged for shooting them!
You read that right.
Stolarczyk is a 64 y.o. man who heard the two coming up his stairs one afternoon last Spring.
The home invaders – a 57 y.o. woman and her 27 y.o. nephew – were looking to burglarize the house, according to authorities.
Stolarczyk told his lawyer that he was scared to death, convinced the pair were going to kill him.
“I didn’t look at their hands,” he told state police. “I just saw them coming at me and I thought to myself, at that point, that it’s either them or me.”
That’s when he started shooting!
You or I would do the exact same thing, right?
But here’s the thing (and it really gets right down to why Steve’s comment bothered me so much)…
Stolarczyk was completely within his rights to shoot those home invaders – even in an anti-gun state like New York.
The cops even said as much.
But he’s now staring down a felony charge… for gun possession!
You see, in New York, you have to have a permit to own ANY handgun… and those handguns have to be registered to you by serial number.
Stolarczyk inherited his gun from his father when his dad passed away, and he never bothered to register it.
Because of that screw-up, Stolarczyk defended himself completely legally, but he could still go to prison because the weapon he used wasn’t legal in his state.
And that very thing will happen to Steve if he uses an illegal knife to defend himself, even if everything else about his self-defense situation is totally legal.
That’s why I say the law doesn’t care about you – not just in New York, but in every state.
If you end up in court after a self-defense shooting (or, in Steve’s case, a self-defense stabbing), the courts won’t care if you were trying to protect yourself.
Sure, they may not charge you for hurting your attacker… but you can sure as sh*t bet that a prosecutor (whose JOB it is to “get convictions”) will charge you for anything else you did that was illegal.
As we say in our Bulletproof Defense DVD, our legal system is not about “justice” – it’s about the LAW – plain and simple!
But self-defense laws are complicated… they’re picky… and they were written by people who don’t care what you think you were trying to do.
To stay out of jail after you defend yourself, you’ve got to understand the very specific way the law works – and a lot of these ways don’t make sense at first.
This information could help you to choose your self-defense weapon the RIGHT way… and also help you protect your life in a way that won’t land you in prison afterward.
But don’t wait on this – because I don’t want to see you end up like Ronald Stolarczyk (and that means you too, Steve)!