[VIDEO] Concealed Carry & The Super Hero Syndrome


In the video above, the discussion of Super Hero Syndrome comes up and the man in the video makes note of the recent event where a female permit holder decided that it’d be a great idea to open fire on a fleeing shoplifting suspect in a Home Depot parking lot. End result of that? She was arrested, and with good reason.

But was that Super Hero Syndrome or just downright stupidity? Probably a bit of both.

That’s not the reason I wanted to share this video, though. The man in the video makes an excellent statement towards the end that concealed carriers need to listen to and remember, and it is as follows:

I’ll leave you with this. Simple rule of thumb to think about when imagining your various scenarios: Simply imagine yourself explaining your use of force in front of a jury…


Using the above example of the trigger happy shopper, she is going to have a hard time convincing a jury that her life –or another life– was in danger at that moment.

Will she do time? Who knows. Should she have her concealed carry permit revoked? Absolutely. Not everyone is fit to carry.

So next time you’re going through the motions of a scenario in your head, take a look at the end result and ask the question: What would a jury likely do with this information?

Truth is though, most of us have a good head on our shoulders and know a good shoot from a bad one.

Categories: Beginners Guide, General, Video
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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • MisterSandman

    Great point…I was thinking through this just last night. I was recently asked by someone about another person who wanted them to perform some service for them, I confided that this guy still owed me $100 for some computer work I did for them four years ago. Well, this mutual acquaintance decided not to do the work for the guy and cited what I told him; long story short…this guy calls me up (I still have the same cellphone number) and starts berating me and says that he had half a mind to bring one of his biker buddies over to my house and kick my a**. I simply informed his that if he did such a thing, the cops would be called before he even got out of his car. He’s a blowhard, so it’s highly doubtful that he will do anything, but it did get me thinking…I’ve had several neck surgeries and, while I’ve been formally trained in hand-to-hand combat, I’m at considerable risk if I engage in that…my doctor has warned me that, since I have three vertebrae that are fused together, a solid right cross could very well break my neck. What would I do, if he decided to carry through with his threat? What if he was to catch me out in the open? the question of how I would explain this in front of a jury was the exact question that came to mind. My conclusion is that, given the circumstances and the fact that my home state, Indiana, has a “stand your ground” law, I would likely be acquitted if I used deadly force, not that I would use that as anything other than a last resort. It’s highly important that we, as gun owners, go through these scenarios in our head before we find ourselves having to make a split-second decision. This is why I love this site, too many other gun sites ignore these finer points of self defense that come into play when we decide to conceal carry.