How would you have responded to these armed robbers? This one is hard to watch because of the consequences for the bystander and the guard as well, but they’re important lessons for our Active Self Protection.
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Original video of the armed robbers with some details: https://get-asp.com/joe4
UPDATE: Second video of the armed robbers with more details on the incident that add significant lessons: https://get-asp.com/p40l (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible…I get videos from it when I can’t find it anywhere else but do NOT endorse anything about it)
How do I protect myself against armed robbers?
- Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might likely face in an armed robbery or mugging, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) In this case, if you read the news story, that’s 15 rounds necessary for the 3 armed robbers. The guy in the green shirt realized that the guard was out of ammo and ran off. Carry the highest capacity firearm you can comfortably and legally carry, and carry a reload for it.
- Situational awareness is your best friend against armed robbers. 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. Notice that the guard saw the danger coming in a split second and that gave him the time to get in position and put shots on target. 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. Use your ears as well as your eyes!
- In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. These armed robbers certainly did! 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.
- Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. 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. And as here against these armed robbers, you might still have to fight off an attacker with your gun out too!
- 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 your loved ones and 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. The woman who was shot by these armed robbers actually lived, and that’s wonderful!
- Speaking of the bystander, 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.
- We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Armed robbers travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)