When the prey is armed, the predator goes hungry! When would you have drawn if you were the armed motorcyclist?
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UPDATE: Here’s a news story with a bit of info: http://www.fatospoliciais.ga/2017/03/video-policial-reage-assalto-e-mata.html
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against muggers if we’re armed?
- 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.
- 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. Entering and exiting your vehicle is a likely time to strike for muggers, whether that vehicle is a car, a bus, or as here a motorcycle. Take a bit of time to be more aware of your risks when transitioning into or out of your car.
- One of the most significant paradigms of using deadly force is called the may-should-must paradigm. “May” asks whether your force is lawful (and, if LEO, within policy). “Should” asks whether the rewards outweigh the risks of not acting or of unintended consequences. “Must” asks whether this is the only course of action that can affect the necessary outcome. Knowing how to apply this paradigm in deadly force encounters, in the moment, is an important responsibility for self-defenders! Here the armed motorcyclist met the “may”, and therefore he probably won’t have legal problems. But should and must are also important, and as a self-defender you should consider them and whether it would have been better not to engage with the gun here.
- Feigning compliance can be an excellent strategy in an armed robbery to buy you time to find your opportunity to defend yourself. The hands-up, palms-out posture tells the armed robbers that you’re compliant, and might give you the opportunity to defend yourself when they stop focusing on you. That’s what this motorcyclist did, and it worked well for him.
- 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.
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