Her hands shaking, Mary desperately worked the action of the .22 rifle she carried in her trunk.
That's when the rifle fired into the gas station pavement!
Taking a step forward, Mary's attacker hit her so hard that she stumbled half a car-length away.
Desperate, her head throbbing from the vicious punch, Mary raised her rifle and put the sights over the maniac's chest.
As her finger tightened on the trigger, she had no way of knowing just how bad things might get AFTER she fired again!
The “Myth” Of STAND YOUR GROUND
So many people have been stuck at home these last two months, worrying about looters and home invaders, that we need to talk about “stand your ground” now more than ever.
(Yes, I realize “castle doctrine” and “stand your ground” aren't the same thing, but I've gotten several emails from people referring to what they can and cannot do when “standing their ground” while confronting a home invader.)
Mary's case, which is a great lesson in what not to do, went down in Houston a few years ago.
Mary – not her real name – was just 23 years old at the time.
She had stopped to fill up at a gas station, something you or I do without even thinking about it.
That's when a creep identified as Louis Daniel started circling her like a shark.
Daniel was sexually harassing and catcalling Mary, trying to get her attention.
He was also, according to the police reports, carrying a knife in his hand.
When he stopped circling Mary and started to close distance with her, she popped her car's trunk and went to get the .22 rifle she had in there.
She also tried to warn Daniel off, but he didn't listen.
Mary, realizing he was coming at her with a knife, figured she'd better get ready to shoot.
(The news doesn't say this in those words, but reading between the lines, I think she fired once into the pavement while trying to chamber a round.)
After Daniel hit her so hard that he knocked her back across the car, she raised the rifle and shot him dead.
Sounds like a great “woman defends herself successfully” story, right?
Only luck – and, possibly, the fact that this happened in Texas and not a state like New York or California – prevented Mary from being charged with manslaughter.
She was, after all, detained by the cops, so they were at least thinking of trying to put her in jail.
See, there was a LOT of debate after the shooting about whether Mary was within her rights under the “stand your ground” law.
And while I don't think any creep has the right to harass (or attack) a young woman just trying to put gas in her car, the fact is, Mary made a BIG mistake.
Mary's Potentially Life-Ruining Mistake
Mary bought into the myth that too many gun owners believe about “stand your ground”.
She thought that because she had the right to stand her ground, she didn't have to try to just… leave!
From what I've seen online and in comments, a lot of us who are armed for self-defense think that's what “stand your ground” is.
But the DA could just as easily argued that if Mary had to “go get” her gun from the trunk, she had plenty of time to avoid the situation completely.
She could have gotten into her car and locked the door.
She could have driven away.
She had enough time, while Daniel was harassing her, to open her trunk, remove the rifle, and chamber it… so she had enough time to avoid the shooting completely.
Honestly, I'm kind of surprised she didn't get charged.
(I've looked and looked, but I can't find Mary's real name or any record that she went to trial, so my conclusion is that the DA chose not to go after her.)
She got lucky… but you, amigo, can't count on luck if you shoot someone claiming “stand your ground” when you could simply have left and avoided the whole thing.
Now, I hope Mary took from this that she should be carrying a gun ON her, rather than carrying it around in her car's trunk.
But I hope everyone reading her story will also understand that her mistake is just ONE of the lessons you need to learn about the legal realities of self-defense.
If you don't understand the law, it won't matter what you thought you were doing.
You could be arrested and put on trial for a shooting if you don't follow all the legal guidelines for using a gun in self-defense.
In other words, you can't count on Mary's luck, which means you could:
Spend months in jail while your trial grinds slowly on…
Go bankrupt paying for your legal defense, even if you get off…
…And even go to prison and lose years of time with your family as your life crumbles around you!
To avoid making these mistakes, you need simple, easy-to-understand guidelines for when you can shoot and when you can't.
I feel so strongly about this that I put together a free DVD that explains it all.
Don't wait on this, okay?
The information I'm talking about is the difference between doing everything right and going home to your family…
…and making a simple mistake that could cost you everything.