There are some things you need to know in advance. These include...
what to do if fire breaks out in your home;
what to do if a health problem or injury occurs;
what to do if your car skids on snow or ice; and
what to do (and what NOT to do) if you shoot someone in your home!
Local news includes reports of a shooting in Wauconda last week-end. The details can be read in the local papers.
How many residents are ready to defend themselves, should the need arise? If you own firearms that are going to be available to you if your home is invaded, you had better decide several things in advance, including whether you are willing to use one of them, whether your family expects you to use one of them, and exactly what you are going to do after you use one of them.
There are several things you do want to do. Primary among these is protecting your rights. The police will want to know what happened, and you are going to have to decide quickly what you are going to say and how you are going to say it. The tendency is to believe that you had the right to defend yourself and that the police will agree with you.
OK, what color jail suit do you want (orange is the preferred color) and do you want an odd- or even-numbered cell?
You'd better be thinking of the attorney you will want on your side, and you had better refresh yourself on your Miranda Rights.
#1 "You have the right to remain silent."
As hard as that is going to be, you may want to keep your mouth shut, saying only that you believed your life was in danger. You will probably want to tell the cops what happened. Later you may wish you had kept your mouth shut. Since there is no taking back what was said, you had better decided in advance how you will say whatever you do decide to say.
#2 "Anything you say, can and will be used against you in a court of law."
Say this out loud: "Anything I say, can and will be used against me in a court of law." Now, read #1 again.
It may be that the very best thing you can do is keep your mouth shut until you talk to your attorney. Don't have an attorney? If you own a gun, you should know what attorney you will call.
On Saturday two bad guys got shot inside a Wauconda residence. They were in the front yard when the cops arrived. "Police confiscated the gun, which was registered."
Well, probably not. What does "registered" mean? If this had happened in Chicago, that sentence could be correct. And perhaps in a handful of suburbs that haven't given up yet and realized they can't prevent law-abiding citizens from owning handguns.
I hadn't heard that Wauconda required registration of handguns, so what did the reporter mean by "registered"?
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