Q: Hi my question is. I have a Trump flag on my car say someone rips it off what are my options? Could I defend myself?
Say I have a concealed carry permit. Can I defend myself?
A: You could vote for Biden.
Maurice Mandel II agrees with this answer
No, you cannot use lethal force to defend your Trump flag. You, personally, have not been attacked and your life was not in danger. Section 505 of California’s Criminal Jury Instructions gives the elements of a self-defense claim: defendant will be considered to have acted in self-defense, and therefore will not be guilty of a violent crime, if they can prove:
They reasonably believed that they (or someone else) was in imminent danger of being harmed;
They reasonably believed that the imminent use or force was necessary to defend against that danger; and
They only used the amount of force that was reasonably necessary to defend against that danger.
Just get another flag. Get a bunch. They will probably get stolen, so you will need spares.
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It concerns me that you would even think that a concealed weapon could be possibly appropriately used in this situation. I thought you had to have classes to have a CCW, about deadly force. NO, you cannot shoot someone for stealing or destroying your political flag. You cannot beat them up either. No Knives. No Clubs, No Fists. No kicks. This is neither Dodge City nor Tombstone in the 1800's nor is it Downtown Warsaw in 1934. Deadly force is only a defense to unlawful deadly force. You are on a par with the Muslim Extremist that beheaded a French school teacher for having a differing view, did you think of that?
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