Episode 402: Defending Yourself During Civil Unrest or Societal Collapse

Topic: Defending Yourself During Civil Unrest or Societal Collapse

Today, Riley Bowman and Matthew Maruster discuss talk about tactical and legal considerations for situations for defending you and your family when societal unrest and potential collapse are creating security problems. This episode is not so much about COVID-19, but the recent pandemic is a great opportunity to look at this type of situation because it could happen again. Let's be ready for it!

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About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of ConcealedCarry.com. ConcealedCarry.com provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. John Brigham on April 2, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    May I please suggest that you stop playing the music in the background for so long. I believe it is acceptable during the intial introduction of the podcast, maybe up to the first minute. After that, the background music is annoying. Thank you.

  2. JoeUSooner on April 4, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    While I would never use deadly force to defend ONLY property… any action by a rioting mob (or any single member of that mob) that in any way reasonably poses danger to me, my family or nearby innocents – such as shooting at (or throwing firebombs at) homes in my neighborhood as they come down the street approaching my property, for instance – absolutely justifies my use of deadly force BEFORE the rioters reach my real estate (that is, within shooting or throwing distance of my occupied house).

    • Jacob Paulsen on May 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      Joe, I’m not sure I fully understand your question but if I follow your scenario wouldn’t you be using force to defend yourself from the firebombs? In the end isn’t your use of force in this theoretic situation still about defending human life? If yes, than it would be legally justified right? If all those homes were empty and you knew of a surety that there was no human life in danger then do you still feel you would be justified in stopping the crime of arson knowing there is no danger to life?

  3. Keith on April 19, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    First of all. I love the podcast. Listen on the road for work. However, someone in this episode found it necessary to incessantly click something that sounded like a hand held single hole punch. I pulled my hair out for ten minutes waiting for the “took-ka, took-ka” sound time stop. Then realized I had no idea what they were talking about because the sound was so annoying. Reluctantly, I skipped to the next episode and calmed down.

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