If you have to get a large sum of cash for whatever reason, make sure your Active Self Protection is sharp so that the muggers don’t get the drop on you! Would you have drawn when he did?
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What does this armed man teach us about fighting back against muggers?
- 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 man saw the muggers coming because he was aware, simple as that. He sat where he could see the entrance and wasn’t so engrossed in his ordering that he didn’t see something (the muggers) out of place.
- 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 muggers tried to use the restaurant to launch their attack from ambush, but thankfully the armed man was ready.
- 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. I am not sure it was wise of the armed man to stay in public with a large sum of cash on him, honestly. I wouldn’t recommend it, because muggers can follow you from the bank!
- The “fleeing felon rule” generally applies to Law Enforcement Officers in the performance of their duties, and since 1985’s Tennessee vs. Garner decision the ability to use deadly force to apprehend a fleeing felon by LEO has been limited to cases where the officer has probable cause to believe that the fleeing felon is a continuing threat of serious physical harm to the officer or the public. However, how that law applies to non-LEO varies state by state. Make sure to know your local laws so that you know the limitations of shooting a fleeing felon, especially if you’re not a police officer. The armed man definitely took at least one shot at the muggers as they fled, which might not be justifiable. Know the law to stay out of trouble!
- 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 man certainly appears to have some training with how he dealt with these muggers.
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