How would you have responded if you were the next guy in line? When I see a sucker punch like this is jut makes me angry. Doubly so when the victim is elderly! We practice Active Self Protection so that these kinds of incidents are minimized, but we also watch these so that we’re ready to respond if they happen near us.
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What does this sucker punch teach us about covering our ASP?
- 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. Clearly it would have been nearly impossible to stop this sucker punch in the moment, but the point is nevertheless valid that we must survive the ambush to be able to defend ourselves.
- Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. I can’t tell if this sucker punch was because the victim was elderly, but I highly doubt he would have tried this with a professional bodybuilder.
- As each of us considers whether to be a Good Samaritan and step into encounters that do not directly involve us, we must consider the implications on our lives and families. Does your desire to step in override your duty to your spouse and children and loved ones? Or is it part of your care for your family to protect others wherever you can? We must also all realize that when we come across an incident in progress that it can be VERY difficult to determine who is the aggressor and who is the defender, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, and that must give us pause as well. This sucker punch makes it easily clear who is the victim and who is the aggressor, and the sheer evil of the attack means that I for one couldn’t have stayed out of it. You need to decide the issue for you.
- The Bystander Effect is real. There were at least two people around here, but no one stepped 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! These people watched the sucker punch happen and then stood there dumbfounded, which is not uncommon. When you see something like this, ACT!
- First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. You might never come upon a sucker punch like this, but having first aid skills to help the woman and the willingness to do so, as well as some basic equipment, is wise.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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