Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns – Don’t Shoot Someone Attacking You With Axe Handle
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Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze had some interesting advice for people who were being attacked by someone with a weapon other than a gun during an interview with Chris Matthews.
MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an axe handle.
MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the axe handle armed or not?
GLAZE: Not with a gun.
MATTHEWS: I would consider him armed.
GLAZE: I have a word for him. I grew up in Colorado where my dad was a gun dealer, and a guy who shoots somebody who has anything other than a gun when they could have done something else like talk or fight with their fists –
MATTHEWS: How do you talk to a guy with an axe handle?
GLAZE: Well, you fight him. You run away. You deescalate the situation.
Glaze, when asked by Matthews to cite a case in which he thinks someone claimed a “stand your ground” defense when they shouldn’t have, Glaze was not able to provide one other than the Zimmerman case (where a stand your ground defense wasn’t even argued).
Stand your ground laws have become a national point of debate following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.