The idea of self-defense is a good one but in this case, doesn’t hold up in court. This man, a journalist in Portland, Oregon, was attacked and mugged by protesters, his arm broken, his shoulder dislocated, his equipment destroyed. And this was before he pulled a gun in self-defense six months later.
Mike Strickland works as an independent journalist, monitoring some of the crazy political protests that have made the streets of Northwest cities a dangerous place for the past few months. During one of those protests last year, a group of protesters began advancing on Strickland with signs on poles in their hands. He backed up and told the protesters to stay away…and they kept coming. Finally, he pulled the licensed concealed carry pistol pointed it toward the protesters for a few seconds…and there’s video of the incident. Police didn’t
Finally, he pulled the licensed concealed carry pistol pointed it toward the protesters for a few seconds…and there’s video of the incident. Police didn’t arrest those threatening Strickland. Instead, the police charged Mr. Strickland, the victim, with a dozen gun crimes. One-third of the Jury pool was made of folks who didn’t think ANYONE should carry a gun…so a judge handled the trial.
Strickland was convicted — for defending himself. You may not care now, but if the day comes that you must defend yourself, you could end up in jail for doing the same thing as Strickland.