victim, n. 1. One who is harmed or killed by another, especially by someone committing a criminal or unlawful act: a victim of a mugging.

When you launch a sudden, surprise, unprovoked* physical assault on someone, knocking him to the ground, and your victim then shoots you in self-defense, it stretches that definition well beyond the breaking point to describe you as, or at least exclusively as, the “victim.”

*No, talking to your girlfriend from several feet away, absent an offer to do harm, does not create a legitimate “defense of self or others” claim on your part.

Imported from the original KN@PPSTER