Would you have stepped in to stop this armed robbery or just let him smash and grab? If you choose to step in, you better have solid Active Self Protection principles to go with that commitment!
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I would love to find a news story on this one, so if you find one (my Google Fu in Chinese is nonexistent) post it in the comments and I will add it.
How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?
- The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed robbery 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.
- In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the beginning of the armed robbery 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 store employee did just that, and it was one of the keys to his success.
- 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. Stores like this are by definition transitional spaces because they provide an easy entrance and exit for the armed robbery attempt.
- 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. In this armed robbery the employee picked a time when the threat was minimal to himself to act, which makes the “equation” a little better in his favor. Still, we must consider what we’re willing to enter into a potentially deadly force encounter for, and plan accordingly.
- Many times the best solution to being attacked (such as this armed robbery) is simply to run. Escape is a fine choice if nothing compels you to stand and fight! Clearly if you have kids or other vulnerable loved ones with you, you won’t be able to run away, but if that’s not an issue then running away may well be the best strategy available. If you can run from an attack and get to safety, then by all means do. The clerk in the top left ran away, while the clerk behind the right counter stood there and hoped for the best. If you can, RUN!
- Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders against an armed robbery or other attack. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)