I love it when carjackers get what is coming to them, don’t you? It’s not that we relish gunfights at Active Self Protection, but when stupid actions have consequences it teaches other carjackers to think twice before trying to hurt innocent people!
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Original video of the carjackers with some details (and audio in Portuguese): http://get-asp.com/8tqk
How do I protect myself from carjackers?
- 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. Your car is always a transitional space unless you park in a closed, secure garage, because parking lots are definitely places where ambushes are easier and they provide easy escape for carjackers as well.
- 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These carjackers hid behind the other cars until the moment they were ready to strike, but because the ROTA officer was ready to protect himself and his girlfriend he survived the ambush.
- I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and carjackers, so keep it locked for your safety!
- 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 instance, the carjackers were a threat to both the officer and his girlfriend, so this is certainly defending people!
- Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Two of these carjackers apparently died at the scene, so this officer put shots on target!
- Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. These carjackers were on this couple in under a second, and that left no time to fumble in the glove box for his firearm. The best way to protect yourself in these situations is to keep your firearm on your person at all times!
- If you have a spouse or significant other who isn’t a self-defender, it’s very important to teach them what their responsibility is if you ever have to use your firearm to defend you both. The same holds true for children or elderly parents or anyone who you are around a lot who doesn’t practice ASP at all. My wife and kids know that if they see my firearm at all they need to get DOWN and, if possible, get away from me because I am about to draw fire. In the car they know to get low. These carjackers were on this couple so fast that there was probably no time to communicate, so she needed to know in advance how to react so as not to make it harder for him to protect them.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)