President’s Message

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The Network v. The World!

by Marty Hayes, J.D.

Many people, mainly non-members but some members too, have been asking us for years for some type of comparison between what the Network offers its members, and how our benefits compare to the other companies offering either self-defense insurance or pre-paid legal services for armed citizens. Most of our competitors have charts that compare some of their attributes to the other companies, but the problem with those charts is that they only seem to mention things that the company does well in and fail to list other important services.

With that in mind, I didn’t do a chart, but instead wrote a painstaking discussion of the different types of post-incident support programs, how they work and then what the Network has to offer. The link to the stand alone article on our website is here Network membership recruiters who are explaining our program to their customers and students, will want to print the article and make copies to give the prospective members or, at least have it available to discuss in class or over the gun counter.

Are you a nice guy or gal?

 Do people like you or do they shun you? If you were on a list of people to invite to a party, would you be first, or last (or not at all)? You are probably wondering what the heck I am talking about, so let me explain.

I recently “unofficially” consulted on a murder case. I say “unofficially” because I was never hired by the defense (no money), but I still took a look at the discovery and discussed the case at length with the attorney.

Here, generally speaking, are the facts. The defendant shot and killed an individual with whom he was involved in the purchase and sale of drugs. Illegal drugs.

During the illegal transaction, it is purported that the deceased pulled a gun and threatened the defendant, who drew his own gun and shot and killed the deceased. It was a classic case of self-defense and the attorney believed the client and figured that he had an acquittal, due to the evidence and facts of the case.

The jury came back with a guilty verdict and the attorney and several others who knew the facts of the case were flabbergasted. When the attorney asked my opinion as to why, despite the evidence, his client was found guilty, I said that the jury simply didn’t like the defendant, and because he was a drug dealer, convicted felon and not a very sympathetic individual, the jury figured, “What the heck? Let’s put him away anyway, despite the actual evidence, and get him out of our community.”

How does that apply to you, not a drug dealer or a convicted felon? Well, to me it means that you should still be a likeable person, that’s what.

If the jury dislikes you personally, they will have a tough time believing you when you are on the witness stand. It is human nature. And, they NEED to believe you when you tell them you were afraid of great bodily injury or death. They NEED to believe you when you explain why you felt that way.