If you saw these armed robbers from outside the store, would you step in? Of course, LEO will, but CCW holders don’t have to. Practicing Active Self Protection gives you the ability at least, and these guys did a fantastic job of ending the fight and chasing the armed robbers off.
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I can’t find the original video of the armed robbers getting their comeuppance; I know it’s from Polizia Di Stato (Italian State Police) but can’t find the original of this one. If you can find it (I don’t speak Italian so my Google Fu in Italian is nonexistent), please send it to me!
What do we learn here about fighting off armed robbers?
- Regular people really battle Normalcy Bias. Normalcy Bias is a mental state that causes people not to react to disaster, or to underestimate the ability of that disaster to affect them personally. In defensive encounters, Normalcy Bias makes people stand around in the danger zone and not take defensive action. These armed robbers had a whole store at gunpoint, and people stood around because they just couldn’t react! Don’t let Normalcy Bias happen to you.
- Do not stay in the danger zone where there are armed robbers if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary.
- Every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer. For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act. In this instance I am almost certain that the armed robbers were stopped by plainclothes police, but for those of us who are CCW not LEO, we need to think about the situations we will step into.
- If you have a firearm out because there are armed robbers in your immediate vicinity, distance is your friend. A firearm has a functionally infinite range in a deadly force encounter. (yes, I know, that’s not 100% true…for the purposes of a self-defense fight, it is functionally true) If you are at contact distance to someone you have a firearm aimed at, you give them the ability to fight you for your firearm and negate the advantage you have. Therefore, if you have a gun on someone, stay out of range of their hands if at all possible!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)