Off Duty Officer Murdered By Armed Robbers

The human body is remarkably resilient, but most people stop fighting because of the psychological effects of their injuries long before their body gives out. At Active Self Protection we want good people to be able to defend themselves to their last breath from armed robbers, so let’s learn from this officer’s death.

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/rbif (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible…I get videos from it when I can’t find it anywhere else but do NOT endorse anything about it)

 

News story here (Google Translate from Portuguese required): http://get-asp.com/9pr5 thankfully the murderer is in custody

 

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. The walkup to this business provided an easy way for the armed robbers to sneak up in plain sight and then get away in a hurry, which was pivotal in this robbery. When you’re in transitional spaces, be aware!

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These armed robbers clearly got to determine the time and circumstances of the attack, which is an important pattern we see in armed robberies of all kinds.

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it. This officer couldn’t have gotten to his gun immediately against these armed robbers. He had to earn his draw, and unfortunately he couldn’t do it in time.

 

  1. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but no one stepped in. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times.

 

  1. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. The corollary is that these armed robbers shot the defender multiple times and he still lived for quite some time. You’re still in the fight if you’re alive, so keep fighting!

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.

 

  1. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! Not only that, but these armed robbers showed up at different times in the fight, what many trainers call a “trailing bad guy.” Multiple attackers are the norm, so expect it.

 

  1. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it!

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. These armed robbers did a number on this defender, but perhaps with a stout IFAK and good skills, he might have made it to the hospital to get help.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Man Stops Armed Robbery

There are precious few perfect defensive uses of a firearm caught on video, but this armed robbery is definitely one of them! At Active Self Protection we are all about responsible, lawful firearms use, and I think this guy did an amazing job. Would you have held them?

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/011d (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible…I get videos from it when I can’t find it anywhere else but do NOT endorse anything about it)

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. This armed robbery was stopped because the intended victim was aware of his surroundings and didn’t allow his cell phone to steal all of his attention!

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! This armed robbery might well have ended with dead armed robbers, but the intended victim chose in the split second to issue verbal commands instead, likely knowing that he could use his firearm if he had to. That was excellent work.

 

  1. Your mobile phone is a useful tool but a dangerous one. It can be used to communicate, to get emergency help to you, and to avoid problems altogether in numerous ways. It can also be a very dangerous distraction, because it is designed purposefully to grasp our undivided attention and hold it. When in public, use your mobile sparingly and correctly. Don’t allow it to hold your attention for more than 20-30 seconds at a time, and hold it high so that your head is up and you can see past it to what is going on around you. The intended victim in this armed robbery definitely was aware despite being on his phone, and it might have saved his life.

 

  1. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. In this armed robbery, notice that the intended victim didn’t stand in a perfect isosceles; he MOVED. You will, too. So train with movement.

 

  1. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Bank Robbery Caught On Camera

We might picture a bank robbery as a Hollywood affair, but the reality is much more like this. Practicing Active Self Protection means thinking about what you would do in situations like this, seeing how different people react, and planning for your own reaction if ever you’re put in a similar situation.

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Original video: http://get-asp.com/2v40

 

News story of the incident: http://get-asp.com/waxn

 

How do I protect myself in a bank robbery?

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. The bank becomes a transitional space because of the relative ease of ambush from outside and the easy escape the same way, as well as the obvious valuables it contains (which is why a bank robbery is so common). When in transitional spaces, recognize that danger goes up!

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! This bank robbery had no time to think through action. Everyone took action in the moment that made sense to them, so train such that you get more experience to act appropriately in the moment.

 

  1. In the moment of a bank robbery, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. In this bank robbery everyone played cool and he left without harming anyone, but there were several opportunities for action if any of them were looking for them.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t. In this bank robbery the man in the green shirt hit the silent alarm, but that didn’t keep anyone in the bank safe from the armed robber.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. The lady at the counter in this bank robbery stood there when she easily could have run away, and I encourage us all to learn from that to take the opportunities that present themselves!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Scary Home Invasion Caught On Camera

Your home is your castle, but don’t let it become your coffin! You can’t turn your Active Self Protection off when you get home, as this home invasion shows. Does this video make you reconsider carrying a firearm at home, or getting some significant empty-handed skills training?

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News story and original video here: http://get-asp.com/qwzh

 

How do I protect my family in a home invasion?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. This home invasion came a week after this business owner was targeted a first time, so she had to know that more bad stuff could be coming her way. That’s probably why she was aware.

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. This woman definitely was aware of her surroundings, and that awareness gave her almost four seconds to protect herself from the home invasion, which is a lot of time in a fight.

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. We say that doorways are transitional spaces because they take our attention away and make us stop a moment to open the door, which can provide attackers with an opportunity for ambush. Be a bit more cautious when entering transitional spaces! This home invasion certainly was planned at the doorway because of the opportunity it presented.

 

  1. You must consider home defense in your planning and personal protection. Having a deadbolt that is simple and fast to operate is a good idea; something like this can be what you need: http://amzn.to/1Lminbn. In a fight for your life you want simple, fast, and easy defensive solutions.

 

  1. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial. If this woman had empty-handed skills and the ability to take a firearm away from an attacker, or even to hurt him significantly at close quarters, this home invasion might have ended very differently.

 

  1. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way. If you’ve never had someone in your space like this it will be very difficult to defend yourself, but if you’ve done it over and over in training, you will have the emotional fitness to act.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Teen Armed With Shotgun Confronts Home Invaders

Have you taught your teens how to protect themselves from home invaders with the firearms in your home? This teenaged girl could have used some better Active Self Protection lessons from mom and dad to keep her safe. Teach your kids, everyone!

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/75ib (Google Translate from Afrikaans required)

 

How do I protect my family from home invaders?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. Home invaders pick whichever house they think is easy to steal from or has something they want, so yours might be it.

 

  1. If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! This girl didn’t really run FROM the home invaders, but rather TO the safety of the inside of her house. She locked the doors as well, and that was good stuff.

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. This girl probably shouldn’t have come out of the house to begin with, shotgun or no. There were no people out there to protect, just property, and she wasn’t equipped to confront the danger that was out there. These home invaders could easily have killed her if they had the desire to. Therefore, teach your kids to batten down the hatches, arm up, call the cavalry, and don’t go exploring. (there’s something here about teenagers watching enough horror movies not to go wandering around in the dark, too, because that’s where you get murdered with a hatchet)

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) Here we see 2 or 3 home invaders, and that’s not the kind of situation I want a shotgun with 5 or 6 rounds for.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t. These home invaders weren’t going to be stopped by police, because police couldn’t get there in time.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in. This teen had a shotgun, but it didn’t look to me like she was particularly ready to use it if she had actually seen these home invaders. She did some good things like staying at distance to the door and running for safety when she got spooked.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Carjacking Derailed By Armed Victim

You don’t get a lot of time to think and plan in a carjacking. It’s not time to formulate, it’s time to put your training to work and use the Active Self Protection you’ve built before. This guy had it down pat!

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/4e8n

 

How do I protect myself from carjacking?

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. This carjacking ended well for the victim in no small part because he put his first shot on target. Marksmanship matters, so work on your marksmanship.

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. This carjacking ended well because the victim had enough warning from being aware that he could effectively respond!

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. The carjacking victim here saw the ambush coming and so he was able to launch a counter-ambush.

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) This carjacking features three attackers, which means 15 shots in the gun is what I want to deal with it successfully in most cases. Consider how much capacity is enough for you.

 

  1. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! This carjacking featured three attackers.

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and any potential carjacking, so keep it locked for your safety! This intended victim seemed to have his locked, so kudos to him.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Ruthless Hit Caught On Camera

This is the kind of video that shows you how ruthless evil people can be. I don’t have the background on this hit as to whether the victim was involved in bad stuff, but the Active Self Protection lessons are pertinent either way. Even a hit caught on camera can teach us!

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Original video: http://get-asp.com/3phn

What does this hit caught on camera teach good people about self defense?

1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. This hit caught on camera shows how important it is to live a life of situational awareness; I, for one, usually sit where I can see the comings and goings of people so that I can simply see what might come my way and my family’s way. That goes for the bystander as much as the murdered man.

2. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. Here the ambush wasn’t well disguised unless the hit men were unknown to the victim.

3. If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! If you’re in this kind of attack, run TO the door. Run TO your car. Run TO the other room from where people are fighting.

4. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.

5. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Robbery of Cash in Transit Guard Leads to Shootout

People ask me why I give the advice I do at Active Self Protection. It’s because, having watched hundreds of real-life defensive encounters, the truths of successful and unsuccessful self-defense surface again and again. This armed robbery showcases several!

 

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/ctsp

 

How do I protect myself in an armed robbery?

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Here the nearby exit provided a transitional space for the armed robbery to happen, and that’s a place to be more aware and ready for a fight.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This guard had precious little time as the armed robbery started to respond before the bullets started flying.

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Here we see that the first one to put an accurate shot on target often wins in an armed robbery. The lesson: shoot fast, but shoot accurately!

 

  1. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. Practice shooting from odd positions as well.

 

  1. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! This armed robbery was at least 2-on-1, and we should expect at least that.

 

  1. While we know that shooting with both hands on the gun is best for recoil control and putting fast, accurate shots on target, we also know that it’s not always possible to do. We must train and prepare to use our firearm with both our gun hand and our guard hand in case of injury or incapacitation.

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) This victim shot 12 times at 2 armed robbers and still wasn’t out of the fight. Having a reload here might have let him stay in the fight, and having a firearm with a higher capacity than 12 might have as well. Higher capacity is good, so carry the highest capacity firearm that your local laws and concealment needs allows.
  2. Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber, but doing so is not recommended for several reasons. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your firearm, which isn’t necessarily the case. You might have a hand engaged or injured. Secondly, it assumes that you’ll have time to chamber a round in a gunfight, but gunfights are won and lost on tenths of seconds. Third, it assumes that you’ll have the dexterity to chamber a round under duress, though in the moment many times I have seen people fumble their chambering attempt. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Carjacking Fail Caught On Video

Many of us are very attached to our vehicles, but at Active Self Protection we like to talk about winning “the fight before the fight” so that the fight never materializes. I hope you think about winning a carjacking before it ever happens!

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

Original video and news story on the incident: http://get-asp.com/xt7m

How do I protect myself from a carjacking?

1. If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. You win that fight by minimizing your potential for being attacked in the first place! That means making smart decisions and living a life of awareness and readiness so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. In this carjacking the fight before the fight could have been won simply by taking the keys with you and locking the doors of the car as he exited.

2. Never leave your keys in your car or the car running if you are away from it. Period, end of subject. The only time you can leave a car running is if your car is equipped with a remote starter that can leave it running while you take the keys and lock the car on the way out. And of course, never leave vulnerable people like children or elderly parents in a car without someone to protect them. If you’re all they have, take them with you. This carjacking would never have happened if he had just followed that simple rule. Take your keys with you and lock your doors. Simple!

3. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Carjackings all happen in transitional spaces, by definition. A carjacking can’t happen where people can’t get in and out of it, so when you’re in a place where you’re entering or exiting your car, be more careful!

4. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! This carjacking victim had only a split second to decide whether to protect his car or not.

5. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! In this carjacking the other person thankfully bugged out, but if he hadn’t, our victim would have been in trouble!

6. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. In a carjacking, for instance, we recognize that most cars are insured. If there’s a chance that you could be killed or seriously injured defending your car, is it worth it? For a $500 or $1000 deductible are you willing to risk a hospital visit, time off work, or God forbid your death in a situation like this? If there are people in the car, defend away. But if it’s just a car, decide how far you’re willing to go. I will confront someone who is looking like they might try to take my car because the chances of a huge problem are small, but once they have it and are in motion, the odds shift considerably and I think the wise thing to do is just let it go and call 911.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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Homeless Hero Murdered Saving Hostage (GRAPHIC)

When you see a hero murdered on camera, it’s a gut punch because it brings both pride and great sadness. Being willing to risk life and limb to protect others is great attitude, which is the heart of Active Self Protection. The death of a good and innocent man at the hands of a psychopath is not. May he rest in peace.

 

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Original video, angle 1: http://get-asp.com/y1lj (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible)

 

Original video, angle 2: http://get-asp.com/yqt2

 

News story identifying the hero as Francisco Erasmo Rodrigues de Lima: http://get-asp.com/ic59

 

What can we learn from this hero murdered in front of a church?

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. May this hero who acted bravely rest in peace.

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it. Had this woman had some empty-handed skills she might have been able to escape sooner.

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! This hero murdered on camera didn’t have that benefit, but we can use his sacrifice to commit to being better if we’re ever called on to help.

 

  1. Every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer. For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act. Mr. de Lima was a Warrior, of the breed of the few who would protect the weak he didn’t know. This hero murdered before our eyes is a Warrior indeed, and I salute him!

 

  1. You must know the range of your force multiplier and the range of various force multipliers that might be used against you. Knives are short-range, fast moving force multipliers. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers. When fighting someone who has a gun, your safety lies in either being completely out of range, or so close that you get BEHIND the barrel of the gun to safety. Mr. de Lima couldn’t, and paid with his life.

 

  1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker.

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. In this gunfight, frankly I am frustrated that none of the officers on scene (watch the original video for more footage of the aftermath) who had rifles on their person felt like they could take a shot to save that woman. At 25 to 50 yards, standing unsupported, any professional should be able to take a head shot with a rifle in from low ready in 2-3 seconds tops. Heck, at 20 yards with a pistol any marksman in 3 seconds from low ready should be able to put a round center mass in a human sized target. That’s not a common situation in a gunfight, but it could have saved life here.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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