"Detached reflection cannot be demanded in the presence of an uplifted knife."
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Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(1841-1935) US Supreme Court Justice, also known as "The Great Dissenter"
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commenting on the standards for self-defense; Brown v. United States, 256 U.S. 335, 343 (16 May 1921).
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When a person is attacked by another, and that attacker has a weapon, split seconds are the only time available for flight or fight. One knows not what the attacker will do next. To turn one's back to the attacker, to flee the altercation, is risky as well.
 -- Douglas Stidham, Austin     
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