You’d be hard-pressed to find people who will argue that using a gun in self-defense is wrong. It’s pretty much one of the most cut-and-dry legal justifications out there. The only problem is figuring out how to distinguish between cases of self-defense, and cases of not-quite self-defense.
An excellent example is a fatal shooting two years ago involving two high school classmates in San Antonio, Texas. According to reports, 19-year-old Jasjeet Singh had invited two of his classmates, Brian Odipo and another unnamed student, to visit his home with the purpose of showing off a pistol. Singh had planned on selling the gun to Odipo.
From there, things got a little fishy. Singh testified that he showed the gun to Odipo, but Odipo pointed the gun at Singh in a threatening manner. Singh feared for his safety and grabbed the gun. Singh said in the courtroom, “When I snatch the gun, I lose balance and I fall back and I see Brian kind of off balance too, and I hear a chair move. Before I realize it, the gun goes off.”