Jabir Kennedy pulled the trigger as fast as he could…
There wasn’t much time for “aiming”, but the 5 attackers who had him pinned into the corner of a neighbor’s front porch corner – beating his head mercilessly with brass knuckles and the butt of a gun – were close enough that getting “lead into meat”wasn’t too much of a problem.
The 5 men – 4 of them bleeding from bullet wounds – bolted back toward the car they had jumped out of to ambush the 23 y.o. Kennedy.
Unfortunately, though he survived the attack, Kennedy’s troubles were just starting, and…
Here’s How 1 Man Defeated 5 Armed Attackers In Pure Self-Defense… And Went To Jail!…
It all began just a few days before Christmas after Kennedy had dropped off his 5 y.o. daughter at her mother’s house.
After a heated argument with girl’s mother, he left to go back home and cool off.
But his ex-girlfriend had other plans for him…
Picking up the phone, she called relatives, claiming that Kennedy had physically assaulted her, recruiting them to go after him for “payback”.
Within moments, 5 of the men had piled in a car – armed – and began cruising the neighborhood in search of Kennedy.
Spotting him walking near his home, they pulled up behind him… jumped out… and without warning, all began striking him with their weapons, eventually pushing him up onto the neighbor’s porch as Kennedy tried to fight back.
Unarmed himself, he was somehow able to grab onto one of the handguns being used to strike him and wrestle it away.
And with no time to spare…
Kennedy could hear the shouts of the others in the group, crying, “Shoot him! Shoot him!”
With the gun now in his control, he pulled the trigger – again and again – desperately shooting his way out of the attack as his assailants scrambled to their car.
The men sped off into the night – 3 of them shot… and 1 dying of his wounds just hours later.
While this may sound like a clear-cut case of self-defense, Kennedy was shocked when he discovered that HE was reported as the “attacker”… and later arrested for 1st Degree Murder!
The District Attorney’s argument?
That Kennedy was armed… was “skilled” enough with a gun to shoot 4 out of the 5 attackers… and that shooting 8-10 rounds was too “excessive” to be considered self-defense!
I know… total “b.s.”, right?
Fortunately a jury felt the same way and ended up finding Kennedy “Not Guilty”, but you and I both know it could have had an entirely different ending…
Here Are 3 Shocking Lessons From The Kennedy Case That Every Gun Owner Needs To Know…
As I always say, “It’s best to learn from other people’s mistakes – and their successes.”, right?
Here are a few of the biggest takeaways most armed citizens don’t think about…
1. Pass “The Test”
Kennedy’s argument in court focused not on Stand Your Ground or the Castle Doctrine, but instead on good old-fashioned “self-defense”.
And according to one of our finest firearm instructors in our MCS network, Massad Ayoob, Kennedy’s response was “textbook”.
Ayoob explained that, to pass the “self-defense test,” you need three elements to be present at the same time:
- Ability (your attackers have the means to hurt or kill you)
- Opportunity (the danger from your attackers is immediate and unavoidable)
- Jeopardy (your attackers express – physically or verbally – they mean to cause you harm)
How does Kennedy’s response stack up?
Well, his attackers came lethally armed… looking for a fight… and ambushed him without warning or provocation.
Check… check… and CHECK!
But if any ONE of those “tests” hadn’t been met, Kennedy could still be sitting in a prison cell today.
And one person in particular certainly pulled every dirty trick in the book to try and put him there…
2. Beware Of The District Attorney
The truth is, the DA you’ll face doesn’t always care about whether you’re innocent or not.
The prosecutor’s only job is to make you look as guilty as he possible so he or she can win a conviction against you.
The DA’s “job performance” is based on not losing cases “which wastes the taxpayers’ money” and they’ll try to avoid an expensive trial by scaring you with the possibility of what a “guilty” verdict will mean for you if you go to court.
They’ll try to get you to plea to a lesser charge so the “bad guy” goes away… they get another notch in the “win” column… and they saved the taxpayers some moolah.
That’s why the District Attorney in Kennedy’s case offered him a deal of 17.5-34 years for a “guilty” plea.
But as we say in our “Bulletproof Defense” DVD, if you know that you’re innocent, our advice is: DON’T TAKE THE DEAL!
Kennedy himself explained the reasoning for his decision best…
“I knew I was only guilty of wanting to live. I just felt like, these guys came… they came with guns. And people were yelling, ‘Shoot him!’ and stuff like that. I’m just glad I got out of there with my life.”
Jabir stuck to his guns, knowing that pleading to the lesser charger could still make him “guilty.”
He’d also lose his right ever to own a gun again, and his life would be forever changed as he spent years in prison as a felon.
But that brings me to the fact that…
3. You May Have To Pay Anyway
While this story had a happy ending with Kennedy’s “Not Guilty” verdict, his real-life consequences was far from “happy”…
He spent almost a YEAR AND A HALF behind bars waiting for his trial and fighting to prove his innocence!
How would YOUR life change if you spent 15 months behind bars?
Would your job be waiting for you when you got out?
How many of your kids’ or grandkids’ birthdays would you miss?
Their sports games? Graduations? Weddings?
EVERYTHING about your life can change in 15 months.
And what about the actual monetary cost?
The average expense to defend yourself in court is about $40,000… and that’s even if you’re 100% INNOCENT!
A trial like this could ruin you financially and emotionally.
Look, Kennedy’s tragic story should be a wake-up call for every red-blooded gun-owner reading this right now…
I know it feels great to pop off a few caps down at the local gun range, but hopefully you now realize that your attacker is only ONE fight you have to “survive”.
You must also train for the biggest danger you’ll face AFTER you’re attacked…
… the loss of your FREEDOM and FINANCES!
Take the time (NOW!) to get training in “shoot – don’t shoot” decisions and use-of-force laws.
You can’t afford NOT to know what is “legal” and what is not.
One wrong move and YOU could be the one who ends up in the back of the responding officer’s police cruiser — even if you think you are in the right!
The law isn’t always “fair”, and this video could literally save your life… as well as your family’s “way of life”.