Security Guard Shoots Himself

Security Guard Shoots Himself

Ay, Caramba! This security guard just makes me shake my head. The rules of firearms safety are ALL THE TIME rules at Active Self Protection, and this is why!

 

 

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Original video of the security guard is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

What does this security guard teach us about firearms safety?

 

  1. 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), the rules of firearms safety ALWAYS apply. They are never inappropriate, and this security guard shows us why.
  2. Administrative handling of your firearm is always a dangerous time. This security guard shoots himself not while protecting himself, but while working on de-cocking the gun repeatedly! One of the ways to minimize the risk of shooting yourself is to minimize your administrative firearm handling. Leave your defensive firearm alone!

 

  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Note to self: your thigh is NOT a safe direction. Period. End of subject. Had the guard simply pointed the gun in a safe direction, he would have had a negligent discharge (a bad thing to be sure) but not a trip to the hospital.

 

  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire. This looks like a double-action revolver, and so it doesn’t NEED to be cocked and de-cocked to be used effectively. This means the security guard was putting his finger on the trigger just to play with his gun. That’s dumb.

 

  1. Always, always, ALWAYS keep firearms unloaded until they’re in use. If a firearm is being used as a defensive tool it should be kept loaded because it’s in use. But the second you’re going to administratively handle your firearm, UNLOAD IT. Had the security guard unloaded his firearm before working on his hammer release, he wouldn’t have shot himself.

 

  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: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This security guard needed first aid immediately!

There are 3 class starters for Instructors from this security guard, so please join us in that program to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

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Carjacking Ends Badly for Victim

Carjacking Ends Badly for Victim

A carjacking is dangerous and chaotic, so knowing what your plan is beforehand is an important part of your Active Self Protection. This victim made a mistake before the carjacking happened, and a fatal mistake while it was in progress.

 

 

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News story on the on this carjacking with details on the victim and circumstances: https://get-asp.com/74i0

 

What does this victim teach us about defending ourselves against a carjacking?

 

  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 victim KNEW that something bad was about to happen according to the news story, but he didn’t do anything to stop it ahead of time. A carjacking won’t wait for you to be ready for it.
  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. Here there weren’t any people in the car to protect, but the carjacking was for the car itself. The opportunity was presented because the keys were in the ignition!

 

  1. Don’t leave your car doors unlocked when you’re away from it. The doors lock for a reason! Take your keys with you and lock your doors as you go. 99% of cars are now equipped with remote locks, so locking your doors is simple, easy, and wise to keep your car from being broken into or stolen. It’s preventative care.

 

  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 busy convenience store allowed the carjacking to develop slowly as the carjackers cased their mark.

 

  1. An important part of spiritual fitness is knowing what you are willing and able to fight for. As bearers of the image of God, humans are uniquely valuable and it is always acceptable to protect human life, whether your own or someone else’s, during a carjacking. Property is something else entirely, simply because of the risk it presents to the victim. We see that starkly here.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Armed Robber Threatens Pharmacist with Hunting Knife

Armed Robber Threatens Pharmacist with Hunting Knife

When facing an armed robber, you and your Active Self Protection will be what keeps you safe in the moment. The police response here was good, but took FOREVER!

 

 

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News story on the officer and the armed robber, including the Butler County prosecutor walking through the entire video with discussion of interviews with all involved: https://get-asp.com/gzx7

 

What does this pharmacist teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber?

 

  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 pharmacist had been confronted by an armed robber just weeks before, as well, according to the news story. We should all be ready!
  2. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train! I am not positive this armed robber picked the pharmacist because she was a woman, but I can just about guarantee you it was a part of his choosing process.

 

  1. 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 like this armed robber 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.

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robber, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robber, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon. This police response took FOREVER, and though it worked out okay in this instance, it’s certainly worth noting that in most cases the armed robber would have done what he wanted to do and been long gone.

 

  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched. Here the police officers counter-ambushed the armed robber, though he saw it far enough away to do something about it.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Gunfight Shows Importance of Concealment and Movement

Gunfight Shows Importance of Concealment and Movement

UPDATE on this gunfight: the victims are both officers (https://get-asp.com/stpf) and it does show us some important lessons for all who use a firearm as part of their Active Self Protection!

 

 

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Original video of the gunfight is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

What does this video teach us about surviving a gunfight?

 

  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 gunfight probably wasn’t avoidable, but knowing who is coming and going in your periphery gives you more options in defending yourself.
  2. 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 gunfight erupted here on the attackers’ time frame because they were able to ambush their intended victim, and the transitional space was a significant part of that.

 

  1. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This gunfight shows us predatorial violence; nothing was going to talk these attackers out of their plan.

 

  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 in a gunfight or any other fight.

 

  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. Before your Kung Fu, and before your Gun Fu, you should consider whether your best defense is Run Fu! When the gunfight started, the woman who was a bystander bugged out and that was a good idea.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this gunfight, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Woman Shot by ATM Mugger

Woman Shot by ATM Mugger

We now live in an age where your mobile phone is a vital connection to the world, but in transitional spaces they can be very dangerous! Practicing Active Self Protection means knowing how and when to protect yourself from ambush, as this woman shot by a mugger found out the hard way.

 

 

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Original video of the ambush is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

Details of the ambush from local news: https://get-asp.com/ktgq

 

UPDATE: News story in Spanish about the perp confessing: https://get-asp.com/5jjz

 

UPDATE: This uploader says this was at her residence, not an ATM, and has more details on the incident: https://get-asp.com/p74i

 

What does this video teach us about mobile phones and transitional spaces?

 

  1. There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory to Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves like this mugger can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine or your phone, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. I even suggest standing with your back to the machine, or at least with your shoulders perpendicular to it so that you can constantly see what is happening around you!
  2. 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. Notice the ease of ambush and escape; this makes for a quick incident, and that’s part of why your awareness is so important in avoiding an ambush! The design of an ATM facilitates this for a mugger.

 

  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. The girl here didn’t have any awareness because she had her head buried in her phone. That is not to say that she’s responsible for the attack at all, but just to say that she might have avoided being victimized if she was 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 Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.

 

  1. The “Five Ds Plus 1” are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against a mugger when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then 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. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. 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.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATM mugging, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Ambush Reiterates the Danger of Mobile Phones in Transitional Spaces

Ambush Reiterates the Danger of Mobile Phones in Transitional Spaces

We now live in an age where your mobile phone is a vital connection to the world, but in transitional spaces they can be very dangerous! Practicing Active Self Protection means knowing how and when to protect yourself from ambush.

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this reminder about mobile phones and transitional spaces? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the ambush is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

Details of the ambush from local news: https://get-asp.com/ktgq

 

What does this video teach us about mobile phones and transitional spaces?

 

  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 lady probably never thought an ambush like this could happen to her. But it did!
  2. 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. Notice the ease of ambush and escape; this makes for a quick incident, and that’s part of why your awareness is so important in avoiding an ambush!

 

  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. The girl here didn’t have any awareness because she had her head buried in her phone. That is not to say that she’s responsible for the attack at all, but just to say that she might have avoided being victimized if she was aware.

 

  1. It’s dark for half the day, and bad guys of all kinds love to launch an ambush from the dark. That means, as a self-defender, that part of having good situational awareness involves keeping a flashlight on your person. That flashlight doesn’t have to be crazy tacticool and shouldn’t be firearm-mounted, because its purpose is to help you see at night to give you better awareness of any potential threats far before they can hurt you. A VERY compact option that runs on AAs is this Streamlight: http://amzn.to/1U9S39H and I carry this 1000 lumen Fenix: http://amzn.to/1S73jjb which is rechargeable and has multiple modes of brightness. A middle ground that I have used very effectively is this Olight: http://amzn.to/29htS3q. I highly recommend a flashlight for everyone, simply as an awareness tool at night.

 

  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. Use a single earbud if you are listening to music so that you can hear your surroundings as well. Yes, that’s a pain for those who are using their phone for entertainment, but in public you have to consider your surroundings!

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ambush, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Community Guidelines

Community Guidelines For Active Self Protection

As Active Self Protection has grown, it has become apparent that we need to be proactive about communicating our community policies in terms of interaction on the Facebook page and YouTube channel. The internet is rife with people acting rudely toward one another, and in particular the issues of firearms and self-defense engender strong passions in people of differing worldviews. We understand that, and so we have established the following guidelines for behavior at ASP in all commenting. These policies will be enforced, and our administrative team is the final arbiter of all decisions and enforcement.

  1. We are a professional community and expect our fans to act and speak in a professional manner. That means PG language and no workarounds on Facebook. Professional environments use respectful, professional demeanor and language and that is our standard. We will provide a warning for language but will moderate the page for inappropriate use. If you cannot control your language, please go elsewhere. In particular, we do not allow slurs of any kind on the page. That includes racial slurs, ethnic slurs, and ad hominem attacks. Words like “retard” and “retarded” are slurs and are not allowed. Also, words like “libtard” are offensive slurs and are not allowed. If you wouldn’t use it in front of a customer who you don’t know, or in a board meeting, or on a conference call with professionals, then leave it out of your language here. We allow cursing on YouTube (it seems impossible for people to comment there without it), but will moderate YouTube strictly for racial, ethnic, and ad hominem attacks.
  2. We expect everyone in the community to treat others with respect and courtesy. No name calling and no flaming of others for their opinions. We will vigorously moderate hateful speech of any kind. This includes but is not limited to racist, sexist, defamatory or slanderous accusations against others, etc.
  3. Trolling is not allowed in the community. If we believe someone is purposefully being an internet troll and commenting solely to rile people up, we will likely warn for a first offense and then ban after that. We’re moderating over 20,000 comments a week at this point and don’t have time to use kid gloves with people who are bored and want to get a rise out of people. This ties in with #1 and #2.
  4. We are libertarian conservatives in nature but as patriots we will not defame the Commander in Chief. We will disagree with him regularly, and say so pointedly, but we will always respect the office of POTUS.
  5. Likewise, you’re welcome to disagree with the admins and have your own opinion on a matter. You are NOT welcome to attack or defame the admins or make ad hominem attacks against them or anyone else. If you can’t be respectful in your online interactions, please unlike the page, unsubscribe, and go spread that junk elsewhere.
  6. We do not participate in the “Nekkid chicks with teh gunz are awesomez!!!1!!1!” culture that many gun folk celebrate. We celebrate women taking charge of their own self-defense and promote women in all aspects of self-defense, but believe it is not tasteful to have scantily-clad models fondling firearms on the Facebook page. We will not post that type of material and ask our fans not to post it there.
  7. As the page admins, we get to set the narrative and we get to steer the discussion as we see fit. We value others’ opinions and will generally allow discussions to happen spontaneously, but we also reserve the right to steer conversations. This community is about self-defense, with a partial focus on firearms use in self-defense.
  8. We are Christians with a Christian worldview. If you are too, that’s awesome; we share that in common. If you are not, we’re okay with that if you are. We will be respectful of that difference and ask you to be respectful of it as well. Our posts will reflect our worldview and our faith is integrated into our understanding of self-defense, which means we will not shy away from our faith in our defensive coaching and the business’s message. Please set your expectations accordingly. We are respectful of the different faith commitments of the people in our community and expect our fans to be so as well.
  9. This is not a forum. It is our social media outlets. We set the tone and the approach. If you don’t like that tone or approach, that’s fine. 100%. But either engage with us in respectful dialog, keep your opinions to yourself, or go elsewhere. We set the tone.
  10. In this vein, ASP believes that the vast majority of law enforcement officers (LEO) are good, hard working, honest people who do a job that really stinks for fairly low pay. Not only that, but as the community has grown it’s become apparent that their job is often done on behalf of people who are rude, disrespectful, and question every nuance of every word they say. As veterans we remember this same standard applied to the military and disagree with it on the grounds that they can’t possibly be perfect. We believe that they are generally good folk, generally looking out for average Joes and Janes, and require that conversations be respectful of their position of authority (Romans 13:1-7) and the job they do that you probably couldn’t. We really believe that every citizen should do 3 ride alongs with a cop before commenting on the job they do. We do not mind disagreement with a particular action of an LEO, and bad cops make us very angry. We won’t defend the actions of abusive cops any more than we defend the actions of any other abuser. That said, we will maintain respect for the office and function of LEO and ask that our fans do as well.
  11. In the vein of professionalism and respect for others, we do not participate in conspiracy theories. We recognize every person’s right to think what they will, but believe that shouting “FALSE FLAG” does no one any good and does not advance any dialog, and so it is not allowed here. We are much stronger on people who claim that atrocities like the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders were not real, as we know families of the victims. We feel identically about 9/11 hoax claims or false flag claims. Those who feel very strongly about that issue in the other direction are free to feel that way, but leave it off our community or just unlike, unsubscribe, and move on.
  12. If someone comes on the page or channel who refuses to follow the community guidelines, we reserve the right to ban them from the page. It is our page, so we reserve the right to ask our fans to respect the rules here. We seek to minimize this step in every way we can.
  13. We appreciate our fans very much and seek to help everyone to better their ability to defend themselves and their loved ones.
Another Reminder to Carry Chamber Full

Another Reminder to Carry Chamber Full

There are a lot of lessons in this video, for sure, but we really think the biggest one is to carry a defensive firearm with the chamber full. This is why we give this advice all the time at Active Self Protection!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this reminder to carry chamber full? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the incident is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

Details of the incident (remarkably NO ONE was hit): https://get-asp.com/v2wf

 

What does this video teach us in addition to carrying chamber full?

 

  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. The details in the description says that the perps here saw a police car in the parking lot and went looking for them to have a gunfight! That’s just evil, plain and simple.
  2. 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. Notice the ease of ambush and escape; this makes for a quick incident, and that’s part of why chamber full is the way to carry a defensive firearm!

 

  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. The first responder here saw a problem and reacted to it; he had his phone out, but he was aware and that made a huge difference!

 

  1. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This incident was clearly predatorial violence, and you don’t get time to chamber a round against predatorial violence. Carry chamber full!

 

  1. You won’t always be standing up when it’s time to draw and use your firearm, so knowing how to employ a firearm while seated (or laying down even) is a significant lesson. Don’t think for a moment that you can simply be content to be able to do the basics on the range. Pressure test your holster setup, your draw, and your ability to actually get to your gun while seated in the car and in a chair. Of course, do so safely and under instruction. Chamber full carry gives you one less step to worry about when everything else is going wrong!

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Compliance Doesn't Guarantee Your Safety (Part 8,754)

Compliance Doesn’t Guarantee Your Safety (Part 8,754)

We hear it too frequently from some government officials: compliance is the best path when facing an armed attacker. While compliance might be a strategy to use sometimes, having Active Self Protection gives you more options!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this compliance failure? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the compliance leading to murder is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

Details of the incident with more on why compliance wasn’t really helpful here: https://get-asp.com/j2u7 (there were drugs found in the restaurant…these aren’t great people)

 

What do these attackers teach us about self-defense and compliance?

 

  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 incident was likely drug-related, and therefore compliance wasn’t going to help much because of that. That said, this kind of evil can come your way as well.
  2. 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 security guard didn’t have compliance even as an option, because once they got the jump on him they murdered him without another thought.

 

  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 security guard been alert and aware, he might have been able to position himself to have a fighting chance. Probably not, but it couldn’t have been worse than what happened!

 

  1. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others, and sometimes compliance can work there. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them.

 

  1. Compliance does not at all guarantee your safety in the face of an armed robber or other attacker. We know, for instance, that rape victims who fight back are no more likely to be harmed than if they don’t fight back, and they are less likely to be raped. (study here: https://get-asp.com/601c if you need proof on that) Compliance does not guarantee safety, as placing your safety in the hands of someone willing to commit a felony is a terrible idea.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this attack, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

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Armed Victim Ends Armed Robbery

Armed Victim Pays the Ultimate Price to Stop Armed Robbery

An armed robbery is no joke, especially against multiple attackers. If you’re going to act to defend yourself, you better have your Active Self Protection on point!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this armed robbery? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the murder is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

What does this defender teach us about the difference between self-defense and murder?

 

  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. Negotiating during an armed robbery is a great way to get hurt. When it goes down, if you’re armed, it’s time for action.
  2. 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. Convenience stores are transitional spaces, and that’s one of the major reasons they’re chosen as targets for armed robbery so frequently they’re jokingly called a “Stop and rob.”

 

  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. No on-duty officer could stop this armed robbery; however, a prepared customer who was in the store in the moment certainly did!

 

  1. Remember, at the end of a defensive encounter your goal is to get to safety and end the threat against you and your loved ones. Pursuing a fleeing bad guy for whatever reason is unwise because they very well may counter-ambush you or hurt you to make their escape. Once the threat ends, let the threat go and take action to make yourself safer. The goal in stopping an armed robbery is not to die, so remember not to chase.

 

  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! Most times we see an armed robbery on film there are multiple attackers, as we had here.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this armed robbery, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

 

 

 

Copyright Disclaimer. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.