Have you thought about how you might defend yourself with young children around? I don’t know if there is a “good guy” in this assassination, but it still has important lessons for all self-defenders and bystanders too! Active Self Protection means thinking about not just being the intended victim, but being in the vicinity when the fight starts.
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What does this assassination teach all self-defenders?
- 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. If you see something like an assassination beginning when you’re a ways away, you can get further out of danger and avoid more problems.
- 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. I have never seen a real assassination attempt that came with any significant telegraphing.
- Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. This assassination is an important reminder of the fleeting nature of life.
- Parents must consider their children in their defensive plan. The younger the child, the more the parent(s) must consider how holding or dragging their child will affect their ability to protect both of them. Naturally, the more children you have the more you’ll be constrained in retreat or running, and the more you’ll have to “stick your foot in the ground” and defend yourself without retreat. In this assassination the mom had a toddler that she was able and willing to pick up by the arm and run with to get to safety.
- If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! In this assassination the victim ran away, which is understandable, but many of the bystanders did as well. If you have to run, identify a place to run to and get there fast.
- The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. In this assassination the victim appeared mortally wounded, but he still ran for perhaps 10 seconds and could easily have been a deadly threat.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)