Dave Spaulding Reviews Law of Self Defense, 2nd Ed.: "best book on the subject"

Hey folks,

A person with my outsized ego doesn’t often find himself blushing at praise, but today is one of those rare occasions.

Anyone who has spent even a modest amount of time in the tactical shooting community will have heard the name Dave Spaulding innumerable times. Today best known as a world-class tactical instructor for civilians, law enforcement and the military, Dave honed his knowledge and skills over almost four decades high-stakes and covert law enforcement and Federal security experience. There may be a half-dozen trainers of Dave’s experience and capabilities out there sharing their knowledge, but there sure aren’t twice that many. Dave’s current training enterprise is Handgun Combatives, and it is, of course, highly recommended.

So when a guy like Dave takes the time to read your 300 page book, well, it’s a big deal. When he has nice things to say about it afterwards–well, it’s humbling. Yet that’s what Dave was kind enough to do in his most recent On Patrol column in the October/November 2014 issue of Guns & Ammo’s Handguns magazine.

If you carry a gun for your personal security, you need to read this book.

Entitled “Required Reading,” the column has Dave’s reflections on three books, the first of which is mine. (FYI, the other two, “Newhall Shooting,” and “Rattenkrieg,” look excellent, and will likely accompany me on my travels to my next Law of Self Defense Seminars). Of my book Dave writes:

Legalities. It has been my experience that most citizen shooters–and some cops, for that matter-really do not understand the proper application of deadly force and what to expect. Recently, I finished reading a book recommended by an FBI Agent friend of mine as being straightforward, useful, and not overly complex. The Law of Self Defense: An Indispensable Guide to the Armed Citizen by Andrew Branca is likely the best book I have ever read on the subject. No, it won’t make you a legal scholar, but you will have a much better understanding of the legalities of using any level of force.

Branca, an attorney, covers legal subjects such as innocence, imminence, proportionality, avoidance, defense of others, defense of property, and crafting a legal strategy, but in my opinion his best chapter is the one on reasonableness.

I thought I had a good handle on what many refer to as the “reasonableness doctrine,” but after reading this book, I now realize my viewpoint was a bit simplistic. If you carry a gun for your personal security, whether as a sworn officer or armed citizen, you need to read this book. Think that just because you are in uniform your agency will back your actions? You might want to think again.

(The emphasis added–there’s that ego I warned you about.)

Thanks a ton for the kind words, Dave!

About the Author

Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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