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WAFF 48 Investigates: Second Defense Alliance


In Meridianville, a homeowner heard prowlers and shot one of the teenagers trying to break in.

The same thing happened in Decatur. Teenagers startled a man in his home and e protected himself, shooting one of the teens, who died.

Are these extreme cases? Consider this. According to the Justice Department, one of every five homeowners will experience a break-in or home invasion. And there are 8000 reported home invasions every day across North America. Homeowners with guns think they have all the protection they need at home, but what if you shoot someone? 

"Nobody really thinks about it," said Tim Brennan, Chief Operating Officer of Second Defense Alliance. "Nobody thinks past the actual defending themselves or their family."

Second Defense Alliance is an organization set up to provide everything else you need. "Whether that's paying your attorney to make sure you're first in line, and you're being taken care of," said Brennan.

For ten dollars a month, Second Defense also promises to show up at your door within 24 hours and help you and your family with legal issues, any counseling you might need and clean-up services. That's up to $50,000. They'll even coach you on what to say. 

"It is a script for the police to ask them to respect what has happened, and asking them or telling them that you are going to fully cooperate in the situation but you request that your attorney is present," said Brennan.

But do you need that kind of protection? 

"If it was a pure home invasion, you probably wouldn't be arrested because of the Castle Doctrine and the Stand Your Ground law that Alabama has," said Jim Manley, the NRA chairman of individual legislative action committees for the 5th Congressional District.

He's referring to section 13-A-3-23 of the Alabama Code, which says...

 "A person who uses force, including deadly physical force, as justified and permitted in this section is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the force was determined to be unlawful."

We ran the idea by Bill Neal. He's a Madison County homeowner who's fed up with home invasions. His wife ran into burglars at their house two weeks ago. 

"She opened the door and, as she opened the door, she heard people on the outside here, and then she heard the door slam," said Neal.

With his gun and his dog, Bill chased after several people running away. But Second Defense would only have covered him if he shot someone in his home. He, like Manley, cited Alabama law. 

"For me, personally, I wouldn't feel the need for that where I'm currently living at, but I could definitely see the need for that in other areas," said Neal.

At least 22 states have stand your ground laws, which means roughly half of the states in the U.S. don't. If Bill lived in one of those states, would he consider Second Defense?

"It would be something I would absolutely look into, yes," said Neal. 

"If somebody does have to protect themselves and use their God-given right to protect themselves or their family, we want them to know that there's a support structure out there to help them through that process," said Brennan.

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