If asked, most people would say they do not care about the law when it comes to protecting themselves, their loved ones, or their property. They would stand firmly by their “whatever it takes to get the job done” attitude and worry about the law later. Although this sort of bravado has its place (and I’ve been guilty of it myself from time-to-time), it is far better to learn the law and to work within the law than it is to fight back in a “no-holds-barred” manner, only to find yourself sitting behind bars for the next five years—leaving your family to defend for themselves. So what is the moral to this story? Am I saying you should not do whatever it takes to defend yourself and your loved ones? Absolutely Not! What I am saying is that each person should take a little time to read up on the laws of their state regarding this matter and get empowered. I know my states laws, I know my rights, and I will defend myself and those around me within the guidelines of those laws, lethally if necessary. Now that is empowerment!