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Is it true that a teacher can't engage/attack a shooter from behind during a school shooting that is in progress?

Is it true that a teacher can't engage/attack a shooter from behind during a school shooting that is in progress? No. Any use of force of any kind that only harms or kills the shooter who is actively ...
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What crime is hiring someone to kill you and then killing the hitman?

It appears you want to go for a defense strategy based on a self-defense argument. This won't work in many jurisdictions, because self-defense usually doesn't apply when you intentionally caused a ...
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May I bring weapons and/or defend myself when trespassing for a legal reason?

As the answer by Greendrake says, if you have a a legal reason, to enter property, you re not a trespasser. Trespassing is generally defined as entering on property against the expressed will of the ...
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Is it legal to take an attacker's illegal gun?

united-states It's legal to take an attacker's gun, and use it in self-defense, until you reach the police. The legality of using a gun in self-defense is not dependent on whether you're allowed to ...
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What crime is hiring someone to kill you and then killing the hitman?

Applying the Model Penal Code, which is the law in most of the United States: By requesting that A kill B, you are guilty of soliciting murder. By reaching an agreement with A to pay to kill B, you ...
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Can I use lethal force to protect myself and others from an on duty officer if he or she starts shooting up the location?

The answer provided by Dale M is half right, but there are a few things that I think are wrong. Firstly, the actual reality of the situation doesn't matter. What matters is that you act in a ...
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Is it legal to take an attacker's illegal gun?

You have asked many questions on this site about whether it can be self-defence to do X. The answer is always the same: any offence may be justified or excused by self-defence or defence of another. ...
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Is it legal to hack a hacker back (in the US)?

Generally, no. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which is the law that generally forbids breaking into or damaging computer systems, does not have any exceptions for "hacking back." ...
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Is it true that a teacher can't engage/attack a shooter from behind during a school shooting that is in progress?

No, this is not true In self-defense, anyone is entitled to use any reasonable force to defend themselves (or other people) from anyone who they reasonably consider a threat. They only need to show ...
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If a person is dressed up as non-human, and is killed by someone who sincerely believes the victim was not human, who is responsible?

Laws on self-defense vary greatly from nation to nation. Generally, one cannot hunt down a hypothetical threat but one can defend against an actual threat or even a mistakenly assumed actual threat ...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is trying to stop you from rescuing another person?

germany Bob through his actions is harming Alice. Thus Eve may use the minimum necessary force to help Alice as Nothilfe, which is defined as using §32 StGB (Self protection/Notwehr) and §34 StGB (...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is illegally trying to disconnect a hospital patient's life support with intent to kill the patient?

england-and-wales It depends on Alice's belief about who Mallory is and what Mallory is doing and whether Alice's force was reasonable. If Alice is aware that Mallory's action is lawful, then Alice ...
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What would you be charged with for covering up a rightful death?

Probably murder. Because "victim 2 was then shot by this man in self defense" hasn't been determined by a neutral third party investigation or jury - it is just his own rationale for ...
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Can you ever be certain that you will not be tried for an alleged crime?

united-states The general rule Is a person in one of those two scenarios forever in purgatory where theoretically charges are always potentially pending? In the first scenario, yes. In the second ...
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Is it legal to take an attacker's illegal gun?

germany While possession of certain guns (especially fully automatic ones) is illegal per se, and Bill might not be allowed to possess any gun for lack of a license, Bill is acting in self-defense. ...
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Can an employer be required to provide an escort from office to vehicle?

Can an employer be required to provide an escort from office to vehicle? No, at least, not on the theory articulated in the question. I can imagine some circumstances where it is conceivable that ...
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Does the "stand your ground" law regarding shooting an intruder apply when the door of the dwelling was not locked?

Edits added below to outline Florida's laws based on OP's comment Jurisdiction does matter but here is a general answer regarding "stand your ground" laws. States that have so-called "stand your ...
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Can killing be "self-defense" if you are committing a crime yourself?

Engaging in unlawful conduct does not completely preclude a claim of self-defense under Wisconsin law ...but it does raise the bar in some circumstances: Criminal conduct by the defendant removes the ...
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Ahmaud Arbery defendants invoke Georgia State Law as a Defense in Federal Court

Be careful: from the Wikipedia article, it appears that there is a state criminal trial and there will be a federal criminal trial. In addition, there is a federal civil suit which incorporates some ...
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What would you be charged with for covering up a rightful death?

sweden An Offence against the peace of the grave Gravfridsbrott Brottsbalken 16 kap. 10 § A person who, without authorisation, moves, damages or treats with disrespect the corpse or ashes of a ...
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What happens if I shoot a police officer in self-defense during a SWAT raid?

This area of law is dependent on affirmative defenses that states may choose to provide. I found two law review articles that present the situations in Georgia and Indiana.1, 2 Georgia Georgia Code ...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is trying to stop you from rescuing another person?

united-states There are dozens of jurisdictions in the U.S. with different criminal laws, but most have adopted the “justification of necessity” from the Model Penal Code of 1967. This created a ...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is illegally trying to disconnect a hospital patient's life support with intent to kill the patient?

It depends a tad in germany... Mallory is staff ordered to shut off Life Support There are cases where life support can be turned off. The two most relevant cases are: the conscious patient telling ...
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Is it legal to take an attacker's illegal gun?

england-and-wales Given the circumstances, it seems highly unlikely that Bill would be prosecuted under any law for briefly holding the gun. (Of course, it would be another matter if he subsequently ...
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May I bring weapons and/or defend myself when trespassing for a legal reason?

If a court authorizes you to enter a property that won't be a trespass. Such an authorization would be meant to be communicated to the property owner before you enter it — so that they allow you to ...
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Is it legal to use force against a person who is trying to stop you from rescuing another person?

canada The necessity defence may be available to Eve. In Canada there are three elements to this defence (R. v. Latimer, 2001 SCC 1 at paras. 28-31): there must be an urgent situation of “clear and ...
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Can you legally defend yourself against an attacking police officer?

The General Rule In practice, the only time when self-defense against a police officer is legal is when you do not know and have no reasonable way that you could have known that the person attacking ...
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What happens if I shoot a police officer in self-defense during a SWAT raid?

In the situation described, the defender is unlikely to get out alive. In most such cases the police will be very proactive in trying to kill the shooter. They have radios and if a "man down" alert ...
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Is self-defense allowed when there are objectively reasonable grounds but it is actually done subjectively for improper reasons?

canada The person claiming self-defence must have the subjective belief that "a threat of force is being made against them or another person." Such belief must also be based on reasonable ...
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