Armed robbers are looking for victims, not defenders whose Active Self Protection is on point! This defender made those armed robbers look pretty ridiculous in my opinion!
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News story #1 on the armed robbers (Google Translate from Spanish required): https://get-asp.com/jlgt
News story #2 on the armed robbers (Google Translate from Spanish required): https://get-asp.com/j3mz the armed robbers were students, just teens.
What does this defender teach us about defending ourselves against armed robbers?
- 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. These armed robbers used the transitional space of the restaurant front to launch their attack from ambush, which is incredibly common. Pay attention in transitional spaces!
- 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. Here the defender had to get his gun out and change the tenor of the fight by getting ahead of the ambush, and he did that because they were expecting victims rather than a fight.
- We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements like these armed robbers show us are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!
- 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 from these armed robbers. 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. The defender here got his gun in the fight smoothly which was a testament to his training!
- 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. Thankfully the defender here only hit one of the armed robbers!
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