Self-defense against a mob has changed. It used to be that you could effectively defend yourself against a perceived mob threat with deadly force if you were attacked. Now, as Massad Ayoob points out in a video published a few days ago (shown below), things have changed.
But I would posit that it's even worse than he says in his video. Ayoob rightly states that in the last century and for generations before that, you could defend yourself against a mob of people and be appropriately defended in court under the totality of the circumstances.
Meaning that if the mob was trying to hurt you and there was evidence to support your claim under the reasonable person standard (meaning that any reasonable person would have acted the way you did), that there would be no question about your motive and therefore innocence.
He puts forth that things have changed because you don't always know the intent of the people around you in the “mob.” You cannot assume that because there is a mob of people that they all have the same goal. He says that some of these people are there to protest, while others are there to riot and the only way to tell the difference is to see their actions.
And even then it won't be as clear cut because someone's actions aren't always straight forward.
You'll therefore have a harder time defending yourself because you don't know what the intent is from the entire mob. Check out this video:
Now, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Massad Ayoob, but I think it goes even further than what he explains in his video. I think there is truth in what he says because not all protestors want to hurt others and you might end up shooting someone who had no intention to harm you and was not armed with the means to hurt you.
However, where it goes further is that even in clear cut cases of self-defense, like with my personal views of Kyle Rittenhouse, you can still face charges and be made into an example for the rest of us. After reviewing Kyle's defensive footage, as well as videos of him being a good human being beforehand, I've come to my own personal conclusion that this kid acted out of self-defense (please keep in mind I'm not an attorney and nothing I ever say should be construed to be legal advice).
But the mainstream media and anti-gun politicians want you to believe that he went there looking to kill someone, even though he was clearly being attacked and was about to be shot by someone with a handgun.
Kyle's situation will set precedent for years to come regardless of the outcome. I honestly believe it will be thrown out because it's ridiculous, but it won't be thrown out before it is dragged out as long as possible costing heartache and a lot of money.
So I think the best thing you or I can ever do is to avoid a situation like this entirely. Don't go to the mob thinking that if you end up in the thick of things that you'll be legally allowed to defend yourself if you're attacked.
Heck, they don't even think you should be at your own house with a mob outside like the St. Louis couple did. At the end of the day they want to make examples of us so we're afraid to defend our lives.
Avoidance is the best policy, again as Ayoob stated in the above video. What do you think about all of this mob stuff? Let us know in the comments below.
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