Resources and Guides - Securing Knowledge
Assaults, attacks, and home intrusions pose serious dangers, especially if the attacker is armed. Victims of these crimes have to make an immediate choice between using lethal or non-lethal force. Depending on the situation, the consequences of extreme force may outweigh the circumstantial danger. Don’t wait to be rattled under the stress of an attack—use the following guidelines to determine how you would respond in the event of a life-threatening attack or invasion.
Non-lethal force is not likely or intended to cause death or severe bodily harm. When possible, use non-lethal force to incapacitate an attacker or cause an intruder to retreat, particularly if your attacker is unarmed.
Lethal force is likely to cause serious injury or death. Deadly force should be applied only when there are no alternative means to prevent immediate danger to yourself or your family.
Keep in mind that there is risk of injury whenever force of any kind is used. Non-lethal force should be used sparingly, and lethal force should be used only in the most extreme situations. Call 9-1-1 first in an emergency, unless immediate danger is unavoidable.
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