At the airport screening, all most of us are thinking about is getting our belt and shoes off and getting to our gate. But this attack caught on camera reminds us that our attitude, skills, and plan must always be ready to defend ourselves!
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News story with all the details on the airport attack and the attacker: https://get-asp.com/7wps
More news that states that his bag had 6 Molotov cocktails in it: https://get-asp.com/1j2y
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an attack at the airport?
- Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. This attack, if you read the stories linked above, seems to be perpetrated by a guy who was mentally ill and off his medications. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up!
- 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. It’s really easy to get into condition white at the airport, especially at the security screening, but attacks like this CAN happen anywhere, so make sure to maintain your curiosity of your surroundings!
- There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them or get out of their range. This attack was clearly predatorial violence, as there was no “ask.” He just wanted people hurt and dead. Simple as that.
- 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. Here the first couple of victims were in a bad way, but the TSA agent right at the detector did a good job of weathering that initial attack and getting into the fight!
- The goal in any defensive firearms use is to stop the threat. Never draw a firearm if you’re not willing to use it, but if the presence of the firearm stops the threat, don’t pull the trigger! If the bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal. If your first shots stop the threat, don’t take more shots that can turn a defensive encounter into charges for you. Shoot as many times as you must in order to stop the threat, and once the threat stops, reassess and stop shooting. Against this attack, the officer shot the attacker once and that ended the threat, so she stopped shooting. (I highly doubt she TRIED to shoot him in the leg…far more likely, she jerked the trigger and pulled the shot low and left into his right leg) Also notice in this attack, the leg shot was fatal because the attacker refused treatment for religious reasons. Regardless, this attack was stopped by one shot, and that’s a good reminder to shoot until the threat stops and no more.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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