Yesterday morning, Tennessee abortionist Gary Boyle was arrested for pulling a gun on pro-life protestors, including a teenager. No shots were fired and no one was injured. Boyle is out on bail.
Although I have never been physically threatened (knock on wood), the incident got me thinking about what steps pro-life activists can take to peacefully protect ourselves. Here are a few ideas; please share yours in the comments section.
Be armed... with a video camera. People tend to be better behaved when they're being recorded. And if not, then at least you have evidence.
Talk to the cops long before any trouble arises. Let them know that you intend to protest, and clarify the boundaries of public and private property. Be their partner in keeping order, and perhaps they will return the favor in your time of need.
Don't escalate. If an abortion supporter gets in your face, the best response is usually silence. You don't have to be a Christian to turn the other cheek.
In the worst case scenario, know who to call. 911 is obviously your first call. Your second should be to a lawyer, even if you know that you did nothing wrong. I personally like the Life Legal Defense Foundation; that number is 707-224-6675.