Chapter 2: I’d Rather Be Judged By 12 Than Carried By 6
This all too common saying, among the gun culture, was the brain child of the founder of Gunsite Academy, Col. Jeff Cooper. Col. Cooper’s background in the military most likely influenced this concept but it does distinguish the difference between military combat and civilian defensive training. The ROE or Rules of Engagement are different between the two.
That statement is probably one of the most over used and misunderstood cliche’s among gun owner chat and at gun classes. Basically, the phrase means, I would rather be judged by 12 of my peers in a jury trial than be dead from a bad guy’s hands and carried to my grave by 6 pall bearers. Although, many gun owners would agree with the “I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6” theory, in reality, that kind of laissez-faire attitude could ruin your life, stick you in a prison cell, & bankrupt your family.
What resonates most strongly from the sentiment of the statement is; I’d rather indiscriminately and fatally shoot someone before I would take the chance he would kill me. With out a doubt, it is always better to be alive than dead provided you were justified in your self defense shooting. What you must understand, is that the aftermath of a shooting, even one that’s “justified,” can easily destroy your family and ruin you financially. Your life will be turned upside down. Your life and the life of your loved ones will never be the same.
The turmoil you experience will be horrific. Between night terrors, news media, law suits and even death threats, you may even wish you had died during the altercation.
You must understand this 100%, your self defense actions are not about justice; they’re not about getting even, they’re about the law, plain and simple.
The topic of Judged by 12/Carry by 6 in a nut shell, is the start of a new way of thinking about the use of deadly force. The following informational entries will present a clear picture and will eventually manifest itself in your psyche giving your the knowledge and power to make the right choices when confronted in a deadly force scenario.
Next Article: Chapter 3 – What is Deadly Force?
Link to Chapter 1 – https://wp.me/p9RiLn-5D
Link to Chapter 2 – https://wp.me/p9RiLn-7O
Link to Chapter 3 – https://wp.me/p9RiLn-7M