Do you think that this guy was wise to take the fight to the armed robber? Once he made the decision, he practiced excellent Active Self Protection in controlling the fight and taking it to the armed robber for sure!
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How do I protect myself from an armed robber?
- We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. Against this armed robber the defender clearly had significant fighting skills (looks like he knows jiu jitsu to me) and he waited until the armed robber put the gun away before acting. That made the threat to his person a lot less significant and tipped the balance of risk to reward in stopping the armed robber in my opinion!
- In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. This victim certainly waited for the right time to counter-ambush, and it worked to a tee.
- If you don’t have a force multiplier in the fight but the attacker does, to defend yourself you must know how to close the distance to get your hands into the fight. A firearm has significant distance advantage, and a smart attacker will keep it out of range from your hands. If you do choose to fight back, you MUST close the distance to get the gun out of the fight before he can use it against you. That usually will involve feigned compliance and redirection as well as waiting for the right opportunity to move. The armed robber in this video kept distance at the beginning of the attack and didn’t put himself in any kind of vulnerable position. The victim kept thinking, though, and kept looking for his chance to close the distance and make it a hand fight and not a gun fight.
- The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) 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. 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. The victim here waited until the armed robber put the gun in his waistband, effectively deflecting it from being used, before going to work on the other parts of the Five Ds.
- The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around here, but the defender was still on his own against the armed robber for about 11 seconds from his decision to act before the first bystander chipped in! You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times. That said, once SOMEONE breaks the barrier and steps in, it usually gives others the courage to do the same because it’s safer for them.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.