Isn’t it amazing how fast these armed robbers find something better to do with their day? Even in gun-control havens like Connecticut we still see that the most effective tool that someone practicing Active Self Protection can have is a firearm to keep themselves safe from evil.
Original video and some details from Bridgeport PD: https://get-asp.com/a805
What does this armed robbery teach us about protecting ourselves against armed robbers?
- 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 clerk here had just a split second to see the armed robbers coming in the door as they launched their attack, and he took it!
- 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 that armed robbers love because they give them easy places of ambush, so if you’re in a transitional space (especially if you work in one) be aware that you could easily be targeted.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you have spiritual fitness by knowing what you’re willing to fight for and that you’re willing and ready to win the fight no matter what, you place yourself way ahead of most attackers. Attackers are looking for victims and not looking for fights, so many times when an intended victim puts up a significant fight they will disengage and find other prey. This makes sense even in the animal kingdom where we often see an apex predator disengage from feisty prey for fear of injury. Being ready to defend yourself is a key in self-defense because that defense will often cause the bad guy to run. This is part of why spiritual fitness is so important to self-defense.
- Marksmanship is critical in a gunfight, because you are responsible for every round that leaves the muzzle of your firearm. You must recognize that you are accountable for any errant rounds that leave your gun and the damage they cause. Thankfully the round the clerk shot simply went into the ceiling, but you must remember that you’re accountable for every round, so if you miss the armed robbers you might hurt someone else. So put your shots on target!
- In a real gunfight, the chance of needing to shoot from an unconventional position is fairly high. Some gunfights happen at greater than two arms-length distance, where stance and press out matter. But many more happen at “bad breath” distances and from compromised shooting posture, whether a poor body position, or having the firearm in a grip or position that is less than ideal. Learning how to put shots on target from awkward and unconventional shooting positions is a very useful skill for the real world, indeed. This clerk basically had to shoot at the armed robbers from a crouch, which isn’t taught in most firearms classes that I have seen!
- Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. Thankfully the clerk was able to get it in this instance, but if he hadn’t been right behind the counter, the armed robbers would have been on him before he could get it. Far safer to have the gun on your person.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.