Do you practice verbal warnings as part of your self-defense preparedness plan? You should. Giving a verbal warning could save your life and prevent legal consequences.
If you’re feeling threatened and believe you may need to shoot someone to stop an imminent deadly threat, it’s unlikely you’ll be presented with spare time. However, if drawing your firearm causes your pursuer or assailant to pause, you should take that time to issue a verbal command.
How to Issue Verbal Warnings
A verbal command can be anything along the lines of “leave me alone,” “go away” or “stop!” This could cause the attacker to retreat. It may not, but it will likely draw attention. Now you have witnesses to whatever is about to happen.
If you draw your firearm without using a verbal warning, it can easily be misconstrued as brandishing. Letting the aggressor, as well as those around you, know you are in fear of your life can help mitigate that misconception.