Alert Store Manager Stops Armed Robbery as it Starts

I think this is a good defensive gun use against an armed robbery. Make sure to read the news story to get some context!


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News story on this armed robbery (title is funky, and the story starts about halfway through the article):


What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robbery?


  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. Notice in the news story that the manager knew there was a chance of armed robbery in his store, and therefore was prepared.


  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.


  1. Perhaps the biggest benefit of situational awareness is that it buys you time and space to respond to a threat, and time and space buy you options when considering how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a threat. Time and space give you the chance to escape and evade, or time and space to get your force multiplier in the fight, and time and space to better your defensive position and give you a better chance to be victorious.


  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. If your first shots stop the threat, don’t take more shots that can turn a defensive encounter into charges for you. Shoot as many times as you must in order to stop the threat, and once the threat stops, reassess and stop shooting.


  1. When talking about stopping a threat, we must recognize the legalities of the defensive display of a firearm. (and remember, I am not an attorney and am not offering you legal advice) Mas Ayoob has a good discussion on when it’s appropriate and when it’s not. In most states, “brandishing” a firearm is an offense of one kind or another, and again in most states that requires the exhibition of a firearm in a rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner. There’s an excellent Reddit thread on the defensive display of a firearm that all self-defenders should read. If you read a two-part question and answer from the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network here and here, you can see that the laws governing defensive display of a firearm differ from state to state. Therefore, it is your responsibility as the defender to know the laws of your jurisdiction and live within them. Generally speaking you can use a firearm against an imminent threat of deadly force or grievous bodily harm, and you can display that firearm in self-defense if that imminent threat is reasonably perceived ahead of time. In my state of Arizona we clarified that statute in 2009 to provide broad leeway for self-defenders, and others have taken note as well.


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