Self-defense is a big topic. One of our foundational rights as Americans is the right to bear arms and to defend our lives. That’s right there in the Constitution.
However, what’s more complicated is exactly where you draw the line between self-defense and aggression. With the Kyle Rittenhouse case and numerous other incidents, it’s becoming a more and more essential question to answer.
Now, another case out of Wisconsin has people asking exactly what’s self-defense or not.
Shooting in Green Bay
In November 2021, a man called Jaylene Edwards was at a gas station located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He became worried when he saw a woman fighting with other individuals and becoming very violent. The woman in question was called Marie Wilson; she was having a fight with other females present on the scene.
Wilson became highly agitated, took out a gun, racked, and loaded it. She then pointed it at the other women aggressively.
Edwards had a handgun on his person and drew it, firing multiple rounds at Wilson and killing her on the spot. He says he did so in order to prevent her from possibly killing the women with whom she was arguing.
(Also: funny how DHS ignores the best way to protect businesses, houses of worship & schools from attacks, which is concealed carry & armed security guards. But who needs a good guy with a gun to fight off a bad guy when Biden treats YOU like a terrorist for your tweets?) 11/ pic.twitter.com/WNFyMPIRtG
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 9, 2022
Edwards Provides Testimony
In his testimony, Edwards said he observed Wilson cock the gun and point it as she argued with the group of women. He said he was worried Wilson would kill those women and also possibly him, along with other bystanders.
He provided this testimony to cops after the shooting, going into the station to provide a voluntary statement about what transpired from his perspective.
Following this, the DA for Brown County, David Lasee, said his testimony stands up to the available evidence and he wouldn’t be charged.
Yet, only a bit over a week after this, Edwards got charged. It turns out that his 40 caliber handgun was being carried without a concealed carry permit. He’ll now be defending himself in a court of law.
Intruder Shot In Self-Defense By Resident May Be Responsible For Other Attempted Break-Ins https://t.co/1SPhZwzxce
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – A man was shot early Thursday morning after breaking into a home. Police were called at 4 a.m. for an attempted break-in in the 1000 block…
— Texas Star Arsenal (@TXStarArsenal) August 6, 2021
The Bottom Line
Edwards should not have voluntarily given testimony. He also should not have talked about where he got his weapon and what he had to allow for him to carry it unless he’d been asked.
He told police he bought his gun on the streets of Milwaukee; it was easily found out after this that he didn’t have a CCW permit.
Was it necessary to shoot Wilson or not? None of us who weren’t there can answer that question. However, a woman waving a loaded handgun and shouting at people is certainly a clear and present danger.
At this point, the primary concern in this story is how a man who tried to save lives is now going to court because of technicalities involving his right to have a concealed weapon.