Life-Saving Defense Essay

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A woman gets off her shift of work at midnight. She is walking out to her car in a parking lot with no street lamps on a dark, overcast night. She finds her car only by pressing the unlock button on her key fob, lighting her headlights. She approaches her car and opens the passenger door as an assailant emerges from the dark. As she lays her purse on the passenger seat, he latches onto her arm. The woman has no form of defense and any chance to break free and flee has been forfeited. The assailant has complete control over her and is free to do whatever he desires. This situation has occurred numerous times across the world. However, the result of it does not have to be the inevitable end. With some instruction, that…show more content…
Self-defense is an effective way to reduce or even remove a threat in a confrontation. By performing a successful counter attack, one could leave a would-be assailant sprawling on the ground in pain, at which point the defender could call the police and allow them to relinquish the threat effectively. Self-defense also allows fleeing to be more practical. By ideally inflicting pain on the attacker, it leaves him or her weakened and makes the escape effortless. This is desirable when the offender is physically fit and adrenaline pumped. In this condition, the assailant would be much stronger and able to run farther and faster than many of his or her victims. Ultimately, any action that could halt the offender’s advances could easily reduce the chance of injury or even death. The right of self-defense is protected by the Second Amendment. As stated by the American Civil Liberties Union, the second amendment provides “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed” (as cited in “Second,” 2008, Para. 1). This amendment has mostly been interpreted two ways; one being that those in an organized militia are the ones who are able to possess guns, the other being that all people are able to “keep and bear arms” under an organized militia (as cited in “Supreme,” n.d., para. 17; “Second,” 2008,
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