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    In a vexing verdict, a Wayne County jury in November found Goree guilty of felony firearm possession -- despite his CCW permit -- while acquitting him of aggravated assault and attempted murder.

    Someone explain to me how that works?

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    At 10 feet, I think Mr. Goree showed remarkable restraint in shooting his would-be assaillant in the arm. Remember, Aim small, miss small. Always aim center of mass. Mr. Goree's belligerent would-be assailant was lucky he wasn't shot center of mass and dropped dead to the ground. Indeed, I believe that had the man been shot center of mass, he'd have not been able to give the order to his daughter to "go get it", or in legal terms, to obstruct justice by tampering with evidence.

    Remember that we are getting only one version of the story and there appears that there is a different version of it. One that does not conform to the place of the shooting or the circumstances surrounding it. We have been given one version of the shooters background which may or may not be like the mother who claims her son could not have been guilty of a certain crime because he was such a good boy. The jury heard both sides and made their decision based on that. One of the rights in the BOR is to face our accusers and have witnesses. Maybe we need that here.

  4. I believe Nathaniel and Edna Goree. But this story is about more than who's right; it's about what can go wrong when people feel they must carry a gun, legally or not. A judge and jury can overrule split-second decisions on the street. In many cases, of course, there is another problem: Whoever pulls a gun on someone should expect to get shot at, too.

    Goree thought he was protecting himself. Now, with no job and a prison record, he faces an uncertain future, while his wife prepares to leave the house she has lived in for 23 years. "I'm living a nightmare," she said.

    Goree wishes he had never obtained a CCW permit. "It wasn't worth the trouble," he told me. "At 59 without a blemish on my record, I never thought I'd end up in prison."
    The Detroit Free Press is generally the more liberal of the two papers in Detroit, although that distinction is much less significant now that they are effectively one company. Anyway this is clearly a "there will be blood in the streets" Story by the Free Press.

    Michigan does have fairly stringint training requirements. 2 day class, live fire, and the legal portion MUST be taught by an attorney or LEO. Clearly something in this case caused the jury to believe that Mr. Garritt did not act entirely properly in this circumstance. Although, I suspect that this is a result not of Mr. Garritts actions but of an inadaquate defense in court. Proper expert testemony regarding the threat of edged weapons inside 21 feet, introduction of past behavior on the part of the "victim" in this case, perhaps even a vigorous and vicious cross examination of the victim's testimony and very careful preperation of the defendant's testamony to ensure his fifth amendment rights were respected could have gone a long way toward obtaining a not guilty verdict.

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    Always retreat into the house before it escalates out of control. Call the police from the safety of your home. As Mas Ayoob says, "Using your gun in self defense, even if you are 100% right, will probably ruin your life."

    You may be arrested or indicted, you will lose your guns pending the outcome of the investigation. If you consumed alcohol prior to the shooting your judgement will be questioned. The perp or his family may sue you. You must live with the moral burden of having taken a life. In any event you will incur LARGE legal bills. Say goodbye to your home or retirement money as that bill may top $80,000.

    A gun is a tool of last resort. Deterrence, avoidance and de-escalation are tools of first resort. Get in the house before it escalates.
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  6. He shot an unarmed man for using harsh language. Period.

    This is not acceptable behavior in any civilized society I'm aware of. Maybe I don't get out enough.

    The fact that he was unarmed Proves that there was no real and credible threat.

    You can't shoot until there's a real and credible threat.

    You shouldn't want to shoot until the threat is real and credible.

    If you don't see a weapon, (even if he claims to have one) it might not be there. Some people are irresponsible bragarts. They should be shunned, not shot.

    It's all about the weapon.

    Even the words: "I'll kill you..." Do Not represent a credible threat without a weapon, with which to carry it out. (Although he could be charged with "communicating a threat" or some such legalese).

    As for shooting an unarmed man in the arm: that's definitely not restraint. Some would call it torture. Some would call it stupidity. Some would call it poor marksmanship. I may not be certain what it is, but it is only restraint in the sense that he could have shot 30 times and then dismembered the corpse.

    I mean, really, if I shot everyone who said they were gonna kill me I'd have to go buy more ammunition.

    As for the guilty of carrying charge: the permit is only valid for carrying for lawful purposes. Shooting an unarmed man who is not a credible threat does not qualify as a lawful purpose.

    I know it sounds goofy but perhaps the jury felt he should be punished for his irresponsible behavior but found the other charges too severe.

  7. I need to see evidence that the defendant saw what a reasonable person would assume to be a weapon within a distance dangerous to life--as Doc M said, no more than twenty feet.

    Perhaps the defendant wasn't paying attention to the avoidance and de-escalation part of the class instruction. Or, perhaps the instructor did not stress it enough. Or perhaps, the defendant just lost his control and thereby assisted the Brady bunch propagandists.

    Is there a written test at the end of the Michigan CCW instruction? If so, it could be used as evidence as to what the defendant should have known about de-escalation. On the other hand, we weren't there, nor were the judge, jury and prosecutor.

    So, mentally and physically practice scenarios: and you scenarios should include avoidance and de-escalation.

    For example, in one case, on a residential street, a guy was solo and getting verbally aggressive. I was watching both of his hands. Long before any weapon was brandished by the bad guy, it made sense in that circumstanceto "draw and brandish" a police scanner--with my weak hand--, and make believe I was calling for backup. It worked for me. The guy retreated and actually said he was sorry.
    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. NRA CSSA GOA 2AF CCRKBA / Tactical Pistol Instructor

  8. Quote Originally Posted by v65magnafan View Post
    I need to see evidence that the defendant saw what a reasonable person would assume to be a weapon within a distance dangerous to life--as Doc M said, no more than twenty feet.

    Perhaps the defendant wasn't paying attention to the avoidance and de-escalation part of the class instruction. Or, perhaps the instructor did not stress it enough. Or perhaps, the defendant just lost his control and thereby assisted the Brady bunch propagandists.

    Is there a written test at the end of the Michigan CCW instruction? If so, it could be used as evidence as to what the defendant should have known about de-escalation. On the other hand, we weren't there, nor were the judge, jury and prosecutor.

    So, mentally and physically practice scenarios: and you scenarios should include avoidance and de-escalation.

    There is no state mandated written test in Michigan for obtaining a CPL. A class is required and the law has a few specific requirements to be covered. I have found the "legal portion" to vary considerably in its content and quality. Also during my first course many students "zoned out" during that portion. Since that legal portion was not a part of the overall course it was not tested. I suppose any written test taken as a part of a course could be admissable. But I know I did not keep my copy.

    I am not sure I like the idea of a state mandated written test. States that are "Shall Issue" could modify the test to make it as difficult or as easy as they like. I certainly would not like to take the equivalent of my medical boards just to get my CPL.

  9. I agree with you, Doc. A state-administered and developed written test sounds too much like voting tests years ago.

    I'm just trying to get a handle on this guy's conviction. All sorts of problems could have occurred. Failure to de-escalate, failure to preserve physical evidence for the police, perjury, failure to instruct jury on reasonable doubt.

    Not a far drive from Detroit, I'm a little involved in an Ontario case that has law-abiding people outraged.

    These links take you to a bit of background info and the last link shows the actual firebomb attack on Ian Thomson's home very early on a summer morning.

    The unjust case of Mr. Ian Thomson | Facebook



    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. NRA CSSA GOA 2AF CCRKBA / Tactical Pistol Instructor

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    The conviction is totally bogus. Where I live, a man who fires a gun at someone who is threatening his wife, gets a pat on the back, not a conviction. That conviction is a massive miscarriage of justice.
    War to the Knife, Knife to the hilt.
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