Bystander Killed in Armed Robbery Shootout

Remember, you are responsible for EVERY bullet that leaves the muzzle of your firearm, even if defending yourself in an armed robbery. If you’re a self-defender you know that practicing Active Self Protection means practicing and training so that your shots go where you want them to, because otherwise tragedy like this can happen.

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Original video of the armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/rnkr (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. The rules of firearm safety apply in a gunfight, just like they do on the range or in your home. Whether you prefer to articulate them as Colonel Cooper’s four rules or the NRA’s three rules (I have a discussion of my preference here: https://get-asp.com/cfgf if you want to read it), you must have the presence of mind to keep your firearm pointed in the appropriate direction and only fire when you will not hit an innocent. You are morally and legally responsible for the rounds that leave your gun, so make sure to train and practice so that you take responsible shots in the moment of need.

 

  1. Marksmanship is critical in a gunfight, because you are responsible for every round that leaves the muzzle of your firearm. You must recognize that you are accountable for any errant rounds that leave your gun and the damage they cause. This is as true in an armed robbery as it is in any other kind of encounter. If you have to shoot in an armed robbery, your shots need to be on target quickly to end the threat and not endanger others.

 

  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. This store was a transitional space for sure, and the armed robbery was the trigger.

 

  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. Had the victim in this video had good awareness she might not have been in the danger zone once the armed robbery started. I am not blaming her for her death, though, because she is an innocent here.

 

  1. In an armed robbery, 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!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Officer Returns Fire On Suspect Who Tries To Murder Him

Could you have stayed in this fight long enough to win it? Is your Active Self Protection such that you could have weathered the storm and prevailed? This officer did everything right when the felon tried to murder him, and he should be proud of the work he did here.

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Original video of the attempted murder: https://get-asp.com/hn9w

 

News story on the aftermath of the murder attempt and details on the perp: https://get-asp.com/h9u1

 

How do I protect myself from an ambush murder attempt?

 

  1. Even if you’re injured, you must stay in the fight and not stop as long as you have consciousness. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of injury and still function, so never stop fighting just because you’re injured! Even if you’re shot or stabbed, you have a 67-95% chance of surviving! (https://get-asp.com/ew3l and https://get-asp.com/p0hn give the details) So practice emotional fitness by knowing that even if the bad guy gets the jump and you’re injured, you’re still in the fight and still likely to survive if you take definitive action to protect yourself.

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can. This murderer had just gotten out of prison for attempted murder and was right back to it. Some people are just evil, and you might encounter them. Be ready.

 

  1. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker like this murder attempt. If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety. The officer definitely knew this suspect was trouble and started taking action to protect himself. That was very wise.

 

  1. If you know there might be danger around, you cannot stand there flat-footed with your hands at your side. That’s a great way to die. Instead, if you think danger might be coming but not imminent, get your hands up protecting your head, neck, and chest. I do this by tucking one hand under the other elbow, and the free hand on my chin as if I were in deep contemplation. Others do it using the “interview position” with both hands as if they’re holding a pad and pen. Getting your hands up shaves split seconds off of your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare. This officer had one hand up, which was a good start, but the perp was so fast he got his attack by it.

 

  1. The concept of a reactionary gap is important to consider as self-defenders. This is normally taught as something like the “21-foot rule,” though that’s a principle and not a rule. As a self-defender if you’re in a situation where an attack is a possibility, leaving yourself some distance to allow for additional time to respond to an attack from ambush is very smart. Even 2 or 3 feet of additional space allows the reactionary gap to successfully defend the ambush and get into the fight.

 

  1. To defend against this kind of attempted murder, 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. The officer had to recover his senses after the punch, with gunfire coming his way, to be able to successfully defend himself. That’s no small task!

 

  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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Two Teen Terrorists Attack Security Guard with Knives

Would you have shot these kids if it were you? You might not have much time to decide in the moment what to do in a knife attack! Your Active Self Protection needs to be ready for the emotional damage an 11-year-old attacking you with a knife can bring, too.

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Original video of the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/felo

 

News story on the aftermath of the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/98×0

 

Why are empty-handed skills so important for firearms users?

 

  1. Everyone likes to say, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” But it’s equally true that you can’t bring a GUN to a knife fight! This attack shows that you have to win the knife fight before your firearm can come into play effectively. Trying to draw a firearm when someone is stabbing you with a knife is a great way to die, so work on your empty-handed skills to win the fight you’re in so that you can earn the right to draw your firearm and end the fight. The attack had to be countered to give the security guard time to draw his gun.

 

  1. Knife attacks do not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are brutal, fast, and mean. Stabbing attacks do not generally come from slashes or from any notice whatsoever, but tend to come from concealment and repeatedly stab at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second.

 

  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. 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. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This guard was stabbed several times, and having an IFAK handy to stop bleeding until the ambulance could arrive would have been very helpful.

 

  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. The goal in any defensive firearms use is to stop the threat. Never draw a firearm if you’re not willing to use it, but if the presence of the firearm stops the threat, don’t pull the trigger! If the bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal. Here the security guard had to shoot the first terrorist, but the second one surrendered his knife and so the guard didn’t shoot him. Well done.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

You Absolutely Need Empty-Handed Skills To Get Your Gun In The Fight

I think that way too many people who carry a firearm treat it like a magic talisman or lucky rabbit’s foot, that it’ll protect them from whatever comes their way. This video shows why we constantly beat the drum at Active Self Protection for empty-handed skills and understanding the need to be able to earn your draw. That knowledge could save your life.

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Original video of the attack: https://get-asp.com/upca (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)

 

Why are empty-handed skills so important for firearms users?

 

  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.

 

  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.

 

  1. If you don’t have a force multiplier in the fight but the attacker does, to defend yourself you must know how to close the distance to get your hands into the fight (and that means empty-handed skills). A firearm has significant distance advantage, and a smart attacker will keep it out of range from your hands. If you do choose to fight back, you MUST close the distance to get the gun out of the fight before he can use it against you. That usually will involve feigned compliance and redirection as well as waiting for the right opportunity to move. In this instance it was a stick or bat that the first bad guy had out and in the fight. You must use your empty-handed skills to deal with that first attack before your tool becomes usable!

 

  1. Against multiple attackers every self-defender must know and train and practice that it’s death to focus on one too much. When every attacker is an equal threat, we practice the “Boarding House Rules” that everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. If possible, stack the attackers one behind the other rather than getting between them, because if you get between them then one will have your back. It’s better if possible to work to the outside of the group and keep one between you and the others. If your gun is already in the fight, then use it effectively. If it’s not, though, you have to use your empty-handed skills to buy you the time to get it into the fight. Because this victim didn’t, he was overwhelmed and badly beaten.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Store Owner Turns the Tables on Armed Robber

Do you think that this guy was wise to take the fight to the armed robber? Once he made the decision, he practiced excellent Active Self Protection in taking it to the armed robber for sure! Kudos to him for handling his business, and let’s learn some lessons from his victory.

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Original video of the armed robber taking a butt kicking: https://get-asp.com/8i34  The video is from the victim, who posted it for the world to see.

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

 

  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. Against this armed robber the defender clearly had some fighting skills and he waited until the armed robber put the gun away before acting. That made the threat to his person a lot less significant and tipped the balance of risk to reward in stopping the armed robber in my opinion!

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks you, 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. This victim certainly waited for the right time to counter-ambush, and it worked to a tee. He waited until the gun was out of the fight before going after it with speed, surprise, and violence of action.

 

  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. The victim here waited until the armed robber put the gun in his waistband, effectively deflecting it from being used, before going to work on the other parts of the Five Ds.

 

  1. If you have a firearm out, distance is your friend. A firearm has a functionally infinite range in a deadly force encounter. (yes, I know, that’s not 100% true…for the purposes of a self-defense fight, it is functionally true) If you are at contact distance to someone you have a firearm aimed at, you give them the ability to fight you for your firearm and negate the advantage you have. Therefore, if you have a gun on someone, stay out of range of their hands if at all possible! This armed robber got a second and third chance in the fight because the victim let him close distance. That might have been because in a significant sense he wasn’t willing to USE the gun on the armed robber, so it was an intimidation tool. If you won’t use it, get it out of the fight (drop the magazine, empty the chamber, then get rid of them) and don’t use it as an intimidation tool.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Armed Robber Gets Beat Down on Camera

Do you think that this guy was wise to take the fight to the armed robber? Once he made the decision, he practiced excellent Active Self Protection in controlling the fight and taking it to the armed robber for sure!

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 of the armed robber taking a butt kicking: https://get-asp.com/5pki I don’t have a news story or any more information, so if you do please send it to me so I can add it!

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

 

  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. Against this armed robber the defender clearly had significant fighting skills (looks like he knows jiu jitsu to me) and he waited until the armed robber put the gun away before acting. That made the threat to his person a lot less significant and tipped the balance of risk to reward in stopping the armed robber in my opinion!

 

  1. In the moment an armed robber attacks you, 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. This victim certainly waited for the right time to counter-ambush, and it worked to a tee.

 

  1. If you don’t have a force multiplier in the fight but the attacker does, to defend yourself you must know how to close the distance to get your hands into the fight. A firearm has significant distance advantage, and a smart attacker will keep it out of range from your hands. If you do choose to fight back, you MUST close the distance to get the gun out of the fight before he can use it against you. That usually will involve feigned compliance and redirection as well as waiting for the right opportunity to move. The armed robber in this video kept distance at the beginning of the attack and didn’t put himself in any kind of vulnerable position. The victim kept thinking, though, and kept looking for his chance to close the distance and make it a hand fight and not a gun fight.

 

  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. The victim here waited until the armed robber put the gun in his waistband, effectively deflecting it from being used, before going to work on the other parts of the Five Ds.

 

  1. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but the defender was still on his own against the armed robber for about 11 seconds from his decision to act before the first bystander chipped 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. That said, once SOMEONE breaks the barrier and steps in, it usually gives others the courage to do the same because it’s safer for them.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Sucker Punch Leaves Victim Utterly Helpless

How much do you use your hearing to cover your ASP? This sucker punch could not have been stopped by seeing the danger coming; it would have had to be another sense that helped this man practice Active Self Protection.

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News story and original video of the sucker punch: https://get-asp.com/c611 In the second video they added you can see that the victim is a larger guy than the suspect, so size isn’t everything for sure!

 

How do I protect myself from a sucker punch?

 

  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. A sucker punch is rarely completely out of the blue, so living a life of awareness, readiness, and avoidance is always the best way to never have to even deal with a sucker punch.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. A sucker punch is a prime example! Attackers will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. Keep that mantra front and center: “Survive the ambush!”

 

  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 an attack like a sucker punch. 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. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker. If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety.

 

  1. There are some attacks that are just nearly impossible to win, and a sucker punch could be one of them. This man was out cold, and anything his attacker wanted to do was his for the taking. Never get so arrogant that you think that your ASP is strong enough to win every fight and survive every attack. That’s just not the case. Thankfully this victim is recovering, but since that’s not a guarantee either, the best bet is to make sure that your family knows you love them, and making peace with both your loved ones and God so that you’re ready for any day to be the last day of your life. (we call that Spiritual Fitness)

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Armed Robbers Ambush Customer

Have you had to fight through pain or injury before in protecting yourself? These armed robbers got the ambush for sure, but practicing Active Self Protection gives you the attitude, skills, and plan to stay in the fight and protect yourself from further injury.

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!

 

News story and original video of the armed robbers: https://get-asp.com/o8l6

 

How do I protect myself from armed robbers?

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of armed robbers. 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. Restaurants are transitional spaces because of the obscurity of entering and leaving and the number of people coming and going. If you’re in a transitional space you need to know that your likelihood of being attacked is higher!

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. Armed robbers will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. Keep that mantra front and center: “Survive the ambush!”

 

  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 armed robbers when they come 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. 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 (such as armed robbers) 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.

 

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

 

  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. If you get hit in training enough, and have to fight through it to continue to protect yourself, then when armed robbers whack you you’ll have a frame of reference to continue to think and act.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Sidewalk Mugging In Broad Daylight Caught On Camera

How would you have protected yourself from this mugging? If your Active Self Protection is solid, a mugging like this would be very unlikely to be successful against you. But if you don’t have attitude, skills, and plan ready, these kinds of victimizations are far more possible!

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!

 

News story and original video of the mugging: https://get-asp.com/qdua

 

How do I protect myself against a mugging?

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential mugging. 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. Sidewalks are transitional spaces, especially sidewalks with choke points and alleyways. If you’re in a transitional space you need to know that your likelihood of being attacked is higher!

 

  1. A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. Avoidance of a mugging is a win! If you don’t see it coming, escape as soon as the danger starts to present itself. If you can’t escape, try to de-escalate if possible. If none of that works, then you better be ready to stop the mugging by any means necessary.

 

  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 a mugging 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. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around watching this mugging, but no one stepped in until the attack was over. 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. 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 mugging featured four attackers, all of them teens, some as young as 12. Be ready for what comes your way!

 

  1. Pepper spray (also called OC or OC spray) can be a very useful defensive tool for non-lethal threats like this mugging. I carry this one, and it’s nasty stuff: http://amzn.to/1kxJpls . It can also be used against you in a fight, so you should know how to defend yourself if you’re sprayed! Take a good course on pepper spray and how to employ it, and as part of that course take a dose yourself so that you know the effect it will have on you and how to fight through it to continue to protect yourself. Of course, in this mugging some would argue that a firearm is a better tool, and I think the woman might have been able to articulate a genuine fear of death or great bodily harm. If you season these punks right in the beginning, though, you might well have given yourself the time to get out.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Drunk DUI Suspect Attacks Officer On Camera

A drunk can be very, very unpredictable. Even in low threat areas like this secure area of a hospital, attacks like this happen and you need to have your Active Self Protection ready to protect yourself in the moment. Even as CCW holders, the lessons in this one hit home.

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Original video of the drunk’s attacks (yes, there were multiple attacks) on the policeman: https://get-asp.com/i4vw

Follow-up story on the attacks (the officer was vindicated): https://get-asp.com/e66l

 

How do I protect myself against attacks like this?

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders to protect themselves from realistic attacks. 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. Attacks like this show how true it is that even in a deadly force encounter (and someone trying to take your gun is a deadly force encounter) you may likely need empty-handed skills to “earn” your draw before you can get your gun in the fight.

 

  1. To defend against these kinds of attacks, 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.

 

  1. You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. This officer had his radio on him, called for help, yelled for help, and yet no one could help him until the fight was already over. You are the primary agent in your own rescue, so don’t think for a minute that you can count on someone coming to your aid when attacks happen.

 

  1. Attacks are physically demanding. Sure, a pure gunfight might last 10 seconds and not place a huge burden on you physically, but the vast majority of encounters we see here at ASP involve physical self-defense as well. Getting into a honest-to-goodness fight with someone is incredibly physically demanding, so being physically fit is an important part of maximizing your chances to protect yourself. Fit people are harder to beat and harder to kill!

 

  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 Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.

 

  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 or some other reason that we can only have one hand on the gun.

 

  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.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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