"In a world in which violent criminals are frequently armed with various deadly weapons, a public policy limiting the amount of force that may be exerted by an innocent victim in response to life-threatening aggression is puzzling. It is a curious law indeed which posits a society in which only criminals possess the means to kill. Where a violent criminal possesses a firearm, any attempt by his victim to defend himself or herself by inducing “temporary discomfort” in the criminal would likely result in serious injury to the victim or others, no matter what the extent of the defensive opportunity. One is not generally prevented from pulling the trigger of a gun because one is temporarily uncomfortable. This is especially so if the criminal is intent on hurting people. In such a situation, the only viable response by the victim entails the use of deadly force. ... It is perfectly rational for a victim who realizes that a criminal is going to attempt to kill him or her to resist that attempt with any amount of force available. It is, however, often safer, more effective, and perfectly legal to use deadly force instead."
John C. Lenzen
(B.A. 1992 Rutgers College; J.D. 1995 Rutgers Univ. School of Law)
Liberalizing The Concealed Carry Of Handguns By Qualified Civilians: The Case For “Carry Reform”, 47 RUTGERS L. REV. 1503, 1508 n. 17 (Summer 1995).
Bookmark and Share  
Reader comments about this quote:
Everyone has the right to defend their lives with whatever means is available. Preferably with at least equal and opposite force. It is a basic law of nature.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    It is most heinous when the violent criminal is a government agent (police, homeland security, etc.)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I think this quote by Lenzen, makes no sense at all and should be removed from this very valuable website. I dare anyone to say in a few words what Lenzen is saying here.
     -- Walter Clark, Fullerton CA     
    Rate this quote!
    How many stars?

    What do YOU think?
    Your name:
    Your town:

    More Quotations
    Get a Quote-A-Day! Free!
    Liberty Quotes sent to your mail box.
    RSS Subscribe
    Quotes & Quotations - Send This Quote to a Friend

    © 1998-2023 Liberty-Tree.ca