Attack at Airport Screening Caught on Camera

Attack at Airport Screening Caught on Camera

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?

 

  1. 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!
  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  1. 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!
  1. 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.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Mass Shooter Caught on Camera Teaches Lessons for Survival

Mass Shooter Caught on Camera Teaches Lessons for Survival

Perhaps nothing is as scary and chaotic as a mass shooter. This real-life mass shooter from the Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA was caught on camera committing his evil; I share it not to glorify the mass shooter but for the lessons it teaches good people about survival.

 

UPDATE and additional lesson on this mass shooter…there was an off-duty Sheriff in Macy’s that night, but HE DIDN’T HAVE HIS GUN ON HIM. That makes me so upset. Carry your dang firearm, friends. Everywhere. https://get-asp.com/1c1j

 

 

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News story with all the details on the mass shooter and his victims: https://get-asp.com/3hz0

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a mass shooter?

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can. A mass shooter is an evil person intent on killing innocents. And wishing them away won’t make them go away.

 

  1. 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. The people who were listening and watching were FAR better able to get out of the danger zone and avoid the mass shooter altogether.
  2. 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. A mass shooter is a predator; this mass shooter only stopped because he ran out of ammunition.

 

  1. Against a mass shooter, the most popular paradigm for defending yourself is Ready Houston’s Run-Hide-Fight approach. If you can get out of the danger zone, run. If running is not an option, hide because the bad guy won’t shoot what he can’t see. If running and hiding are not an option, then fight with everything you have with whatever you have on you. Greg Ellifritz has some good thoughts about the limits of the Run-Hide-Fight mentality, which to me are more discussion of its limits than whether it is useful or not. I think this video shows the limitations of people not being taught to really fight when they need to, but it does show the validity of using run and using hide when appropriate.

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. None of the five victims were anticipating facing a mass shooter. 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.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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Mom Passes Baby Off to Fight Armed Robber

Do you think about your children in your Active Self Protection? I certainly hope if you have infants, toddlers, young kids, elderly parents…anyone who has trouble defending themselves…that you do! This mom had to take care of the baby before she took care of business.

Original video: https://get-asp.com/gyot

News story with details of the incident (Google Translate from French required): https://get-asp.com/veno

What does this brave mom teach us about protecting ourselves against an armed robber?

1. 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.

2. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.

3. The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of 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.

4. 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.

5. If you don’t have a force multiplier in the fight but the attacker does, to defend yourself you must know how to close the distance to get your hands into the fight. A firearm has significant distance advantage, and a smart attacker will keep it out of range from your hands. If you do choose to fight back, you MUST close the distance to get the gun out of the fight before he can use it against you. That usually will involve feigned compliance and redirection as well as waiting for the right opportunity to move.

6. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

Resilient Victim Escapes Armed Robber Who Beat Her Up

Resilient Victim Escapes Armed Robber Who Beat Her Up

This armed robber upsets me greatly, and reminds me again why we focus on helping innocent people like this victim have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect themselves from armed robbers.

 

UPDATE: News story with more information on the armed robber (Google Translate required): https://get-asp.com/wqii and he has been caught and confessed: https://get-asp.com/9vcl many thanks to a commenter for finding it! (my Google Fu in Russian is terrible)

 

 

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Scant details of place with this armed robber: https://get-asp.com/97ql

 

What does this victim teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber?

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can. This armed robber wasn’t going to be talked into stopping; he was only going to stop when he got what he wanted or his intended victim made him stop.
  2. 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. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train! This armed robber definitely picked this woman because he had what he thought was an easy mark…thankfully, though, she was a fighter!
  3. A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. The victim here continued to look for an avenue of escape, and in that she did so eventually, I give her props!

 

  1. 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 or at least incapacitated 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. This armed robber was really a bit of a combination!

 

  1. To defend against an armed robber like this, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Man Uses Concealment Effectively to Avoid Attacker

This man only had a split second to respond, but his Active Self Protection was enough to win the day against his attacker! What would you have done in the moment?

 

 

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What does this man teach us about defending ourselves against an armed attacker?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. This man at least shows that he knew an attacker could possibly come his way, and that acceptance alone is a significant part of the battle!
  2. 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. The attacker here showed his hand a little bit in bringing the gun up from a few feet away, which gave the man a split second to survive the initial ambush.
  3. 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. Here the walk-up provided the attacker the element of surprise and the ready escape to launch his ambush.

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands! The victim had a split second to respond because he saw that the attacker had a gun in his hand. Scan the hands of potential threats to give yourself an edge!

 

  1. In a gunfight, cover and concealment are important tools to know and use. Cover is anything that will stop bullets; concealment is that which will not stop bullets but will hide you from being seen by the aggressors. In many instances concealment works as well as cover against attackers who are not highly trained because they won’t shoot through it. Even so, cover and concealment only work for a few moments before the bad guys will start to work around them, so use them judiciously to buy you time and give you an advantage in a gunfight. Here we can see that the man used concealment very effectively because the attacker didn’t shoot through it, even though his bullets would almost certainly have penetrated it! This lesson works in reverse as defenders as well; you CAN shoot through concealment to protect yourself if you need to.

 

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Off Duty Officer Overwhelms Armed Robbers

Off Duty Officer Overwhelms Armed Robbers

This off-duty officer handled his business against these armed robbers! I think he did a great job practicing Active Self Protection in keeping himself and his wife safe against these armed robbers. They got what they paid for!

 

 

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Some bare details from the jurisdiction the video came from in Sao de Jose Dos Campos: https://get-asp.com/4e2q

 

What does this video teach us about the realities of fighting armed robbers?

 

  1. 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. The armed robbers used the choke point of the entryway to trap their victims in an ambush; we all must be aware of the dangers of transitional spaces!
  2. 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. The officer survived the ambush and was able to get ahead of the armed robbers by effectively counter-ambushing!
  3. 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. The officer’s spouse did a pretty decent job of staying out of the way and letting her husband deal with the armed robbers!

 

  1. Keep your gun ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber, but doing so is not recommended for several reasons. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your gun, which isn’t necessarily the case. You might have a hand engaged or injured. Secondly, it assumes that you’ll have time to chamber a round in a gunfight, but gunfights are won and lost on tenths of seconds. Third, it assumes that you’ll have the dexterity to chamber a round under duress, though in the moment many times I have seen people fumble their chambering attempt. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber! I am very grateful that this officer had his gun ready to fire, because otherwise he might be dead.

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, 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) When the balloon goes up you will likely pull the trigger more times than you will expect, and no one at the end of a gunfight wishes that they had fewer rounds in their firearm. Here the officer put 8 or 9 shots into the first of the two armed robbers, and he was lucky that the other ran!

 

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Rangemaster 3-Day Instructor Development Course After Action Report

Rangemaster 3-Day Instructor Development Course After Action Report

 

October 28-30, 2016

 

Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ

 

Tom Givens, Lead Instructor

 

Lynn Givens and John O’Connell, Assistant Instructors

 

Cost: $575 registration, 1000 rounds of FMJ ammunition ($200 for me), travel expenses (minimal for me, as this was in my home town; if not, add airfare/gas, lodging, per diem)

 

rangeExecutive Summary: Tom Givens puts on an excellent course, and as a follow-up course and additional certification for those with more basic pistol certifications this course will add to your repertoire significantly. For all pistol shooters, this course will challenge your shooting skills as well and ensure that you have solid fundamentals in marksmanship with a pistol. I recommend it highly.

 

 

Detailed description

 

October 28-30, 2016 I attended Rangemaster Instructor Development Course with Tom and Lynn Givens at Ben Avery Shooting Facility. I have been a firearms instructor for about 5 years now, and take my training, my knowledge, and my abilities seriously. I learned some things, shot well, and came away impressed with Tom and the course content.

 

On Friday we began in the classroom with administration and introductions, and it was clear from the beginning that we had a wider swath of shooters than I had anticipated. I thought we’d mostly have NRA instructors looking for their next certificate, and there were a few of those. (::raises hand::) But we had everything from an 18-year-old young woman out for a weekend with her mom of training, to two Well Armed Woman chapter leaders, to Combat Focus Shooting certified instructors, to active duty soldiers, to a jiu jitsu black belt instructor, to LEO shooting instructors, to competitive shooters and professional trainers. We had 12 men and 3 women as students. It was a diverse group! I was interested to see where I “fit” in the flow of the group, but with such a diverse set of backgrounds, there was plenty of room for everyone. Tom and Lynn and John were friendly and welcoming to all.

 

instructingTom is a business-like guy in the classroom and on the range, and when it’s time to go, he runs his courses like a man who gets what he wants. He started on time, wasted no time with people dragging their feet getting back from breaks, and expected people to keep up with him in the classroom and on the range. Tom has a mouth like a drunken sailor so if language offends you that might be a problem. In 8 years in the Navy I heard a LOT worse; heck, I have heard as bad on my kids’ middle school campus. Regardless, students need to come prepared and on time to keep up. With that said, Tom is also funny, kind, and likeable. His Tennessee drawl helps take the edge off, and I found him engaging and easy to learn from.

 

The course provides a 200-page instructor student manual that instructors are expected to know. The test on that manual includes fill in the blank questions that must be answered precisely, and so students should expect to spend their evenings studying the manual and getting some terminology precise for the exam. Since students must score 90% on the exam, this is an important point! I wish that perhaps Tom would have sent us the manual in advance to read over and be proficient in, to prepare us for that. Regardless, the manual has a LOT of information for instructors, broken into major sections on “hardware” and “software.” It’ll stay in my reference library for sure.

 

The classes all three days alternated between classroom instruction and range time, and we shot 900-1000 rounds in the 3 days. This course was a serious shooting course, and Tom expects every student to be able to shoot to a high standard. We also used the coach-pupil method throughout, with two lines running, so when you weren’t shooting you were expected to give your fellow student professional and significant coaching to help them improve. On the line, Tom brooked no shenanigans but he was also funny and engaging. He has a natural flair for teaching and getting students to see what he is doing and why. We shot from 3 yards out to 25 yards, and students who hadn’t really developed good marksmanship fundamentals struggled at the longer distances.

 

It’s worth noting that while Tom has some strong preferences, he isn’t dogmatic about his way and doesn’t badger students to agree with him. A good example is the thumbs-forward grip, which Tom definitely doesn’t like. He spent some time talking about why he doesn’t like it, why we shouldn’t do it or teach it, and how he thinks to do it right. But when it was time to qualify, he didn’t give me a hard time at ALL about using the grip I am practiced with.

 

Sunday was evaluation day, and Tom’s evaluations were no joke. We had a lot of learning to do on Sunday as well, but the core of the day was spent on testing to ensure instructor candidates can adequately shoot. First we shot the FBI qualification test (60 rounds) on IALEFI QP targets. Tom likes to say that the FBI qual course is a “sobriety test,” but the reality is that it isn’t easy if you can’t shoot at distance! Still, with the scoring zone being the entire bottle target, and with the times being not too difficult, it’s not too hard to pass with the required score of 90%. (that score was chosen to match what the FBI requires of its instructors). After the FBI qualification we shot the Rangemaster Instructor Qualification (50 rounds), which is a very similar test but requires movement at 3 and 5 yards and scores hits in the center circles only (without penalty). It requires a 90% score as well. Each are shot twice, with the student keeping the best of their two scores.

 

kneelingI work hard at my shooting skills, and I must say that I sweated the shooting portion after hearing from previous students that it was no joke. I worked my dry fire practice hard and got to the range several times in the weeks leading up, and that work paid off. I shot both quals clean, earning me 100 points each. (Tom takes your percentage of points possible on each test as your score) There were several other students who did as well, and I must say that the shooting at 15 yards from kneeling can be challenging.

 

Finally, at the end of the day, we took the written exam. That exam isn’t easy because some of the questions are fill in the blank and required precise answers. A 90% score was required to pass, though there were enough true/false and multiple choice that I don’t think passing was ridiculously difficult. I scored 94.1 on the exam.

 

At the end of the weekend Tom gives those who pass all three tests a certificate of completion. We had 13 of 15 students qualify (including the 18-year-old young woman!). Tom also gives out an award for the highest aggregate score combining all three assessments normalized to 100%, and the one who has the overall highest score is awarded the distinction of being “Top Gun” for the class. The Top Gun scored I believe 95.4, so he edged me out by 1.3 points and I took second in the class. I am very happy with those results.

 

Overall, this course has great strengths and a few time-constrained limitations. We focused a lot on shooting skills, and it’s important to have those skills to pass on to students. We spent a good bit of time at the range. Tom made sure in the classroom that we had a modicum of legal knowledge and a good discussion of marksmanship theory and practice, which is important. The limitation was in teaching theory, course and drill design, knowledge transfer, and assessment for instructors, but those might be in the advanced instructor course as well.

 

certificateI am very glad to have attended and very pleased to say that I am a Rangemaster Certified Instructor. I will take the Advanced Instructor Course and recommend that any handgun instructor take the course as well!

Woman Fights Armed Robber for 3 Dollars

Woman Fights Armed Robber for 3 Dollars

There are reasons to fight an armed robber. And reasons not to. This is an important part of Active Self Protection, and this woman shows us some important lessons!

 

 

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Original video of the carjacking is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story with details on this armed robber: https://get-asp.com/y2tr

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber?

 

  1. 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. Gas stations are transitional spaces by definition. This armed robber used that transitional space to launch his attack. This is very common.
  2. 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. This armed robber got more than he bargained for out of the ambush, but it is clear to see how he launched it!
  3. 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. Part of the challenge the woman faced from this armed robber was the fact that it appears that she is unaware of what is going on around her.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from an armed robber. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robber because the police simply can’t.

 

  1. 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. This woman fought an armed robber over $3. I get the principle of the thing, but the reality is that she put herself at mortal peril and only survived because his gun wouldn’t fire.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this armed robber, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

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Woman Shot by ATM Mugger

Woman Shot by ATM Mugger

We now live in an age where your mobile phone is a vital connection to the world, but in transitional spaces they can be very dangerous! Practicing Active Self Protection means knowing how and when to protect yourself from ambush, as this woman shot by a mugger found out the hard way.

 

 

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Original video of the ambush is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

Details of the ambush from local news: https://get-asp.com/ktgq

 

UPDATE: News story in Spanish about the perp confessing: https://get-asp.com/5jjz

 

UPDATE: This uploader says this was at her residence, not an ATM, and has more details on the incident: https://get-asp.com/p74i

 

What does this video teach us about mobile phones and transitional spaces?

 

  1. There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory to Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves like this mugger can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine or your phone, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. I even suggest standing with your back to the machine, or at least with your shoulders perpendicular to it so that you can constantly see what is happening around you!
  2. 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. Notice the ease of ambush and escape; this makes for a quick incident, and that’s part of why your awareness is so important in avoiding an ambush! The design of an ATM facilitates this for a mugger.

 

  1. 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. The girl here didn’t have any awareness because she had her head buried in her phone. That is not to say that she’s responsible for the attack at all, but just to say that she might have avoided being victimized if she was aware.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. The “Five Ds Plus 1” are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against a mugger when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATM mugging, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

Copyright Disclaimer. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

Community Guidelines

Community Guidelines For Active Self Protection

As Active Self Protection has grown, it has become apparent that we need to be proactive about communicating our community policies in terms of interaction on the Facebook page and YouTube channel. The internet is rife with people acting rudely toward one another, and in particular the issues of firearms and self-defense engender strong passions in people of differing worldviews. We understand that, and so we have established the following guidelines for behavior at ASP in all commenting. These policies will be enforced, and our administrative team is the final arbiter of all decisions and enforcement.

  1. We are a professional community and expect our fans to act and speak in a professional manner. That means PG language and no workarounds on Facebook. Professional environments use respectful, professional demeanor and language and that is our standard. We will provide a warning for language but will moderate the page for inappropriate use. If you cannot control your language, please go elsewhere. In particular, we do not allow slurs of any kind on the page. That includes racial slurs, ethnic slurs, and ad hominem attacks. Words like “retard” and “retarded” are slurs and are not allowed. Also, words like “libtard” are offensive slurs and are not allowed. If you wouldn’t use it in front of a customer who you don’t know, or in a board meeting, or on a conference call with professionals, then leave it out of your language here. We allow cursing on YouTube (it seems impossible for people to comment there without it), but will moderate YouTube strictly for racial, ethnic, and ad hominem attacks.
  2. We expect everyone in the community to treat others with respect and courtesy. No name calling and no flaming of others for their opinions. We will vigorously moderate hateful speech of any kind. This includes but is not limited to racist, sexist, defamatory or slanderous accusations against others, etc.
  3. Trolling is not allowed in the community. If we believe someone is purposefully being an internet troll and commenting solely to rile people up, we will likely warn for a first offense and then ban after that. We’re moderating over 20,000 comments a week at this point and don’t have time to use kid gloves with people who are bored and want to get a rise out of people. This ties in with #1 and #2.
  4. We are libertarian conservatives in nature but as patriots we will not defame the Commander in Chief. We will disagree with him regularly, and say so pointedly, but we will always respect the office of POTUS.
  5. Likewise, you’re welcome to disagree with the admins and have your own opinion on a matter. You are NOT welcome to attack or defame the admins or make ad hominem attacks against them or anyone else. If you can’t be respectful in your online interactions, please unlike the page, unsubscribe, and go spread that junk elsewhere.
  6. We do not participate in the “Nekkid chicks with teh gunz are awesomez!!!1!!1!” culture that many gun folk celebrate. We celebrate women taking charge of their own self-defense and promote women in all aspects of self-defense, but believe it is not tasteful to have scantily-clad models fondling firearms on the Facebook page. We will not post that type of material and ask our fans not to post it there.
  7. As the page admins, we get to set the narrative and we get to steer the discussion as we see fit. We value others’ opinions and will generally allow discussions to happen spontaneously, but we also reserve the right to steer conversations. This community is about self-defense, with a partial focus on firearms use in self-defense.
  8. We are Christians with a Christian worldview. If you are too, that’s awesome; we share that in common. If you are not, we’re okay with that if you are. We will be respectful of that difference and ask you to be respectful of it as well. Our posts will reflect our worldview and our faith is integrated into our understanding of self-defense, which means we will not shy away from our faith in our defensive coaching and the business’s message. Please set your expectations accordingly. We are respectful of the different faith commitments of the people in our community and expect our fans to be so as well.
  9. This is not a forum. It is our social media outlets. We set the tone and the approach. If you don’t like that tone or approach, that’s fine. 100%. But either engage with us in respectful dialog, keep your opinions to yourself, or go elsewhere. We set the tone.
  10. In this vein, ASP believes that the vast majority of law enforcement officers (LEO) are good, hard working, honest people who do a job that really stinks for fairly low pay. Not only that, but as the community has grown it’s become apparent that their job is often done on behalf of people who are rude, disrespectful, and question every nuance of every word they say. As veterans we remember this same standard applied to the military and disagree with it on the grounds that they can’t possibly be perfect. We believe that they are generally good folk, generally looking out for average Joes and Janes, and require that conversations be respectful of their position of authority (Romans 13:1-7) and the job they do that you probably couldn’t. We really believe that every citizen should do 3 ride alongs with a cop before commenting on the job they do. We do not mind disagreement with a particular action of an LEO, and bad cops make us very angry. We won’t defend the actions of abusive cops any more than we defend the actions of any other abuser. That said, we will maintain respect for the office and function of LEO and ask that our fans do as well.
  11. In the vein of professionalism and respect for others, we do not participate in conspiracy theories. We recognize every person’s right to think what they will, but believe that shouting “FALSE FLAG” does no one any good and does not advance any dialog, and so it is not allowed here. We are much stronger on people who claim that atrocities like the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders were not real, as we know families of the victims. We feel identically about 9/11 hoax claims or false flag claims. Those who feel very strongly about that issue in the other direction are free to feel that way, but leave it off our community or just unlike, unsubscribe, and move on.
  12. If someone comes on the page or channel who refuses to follow the community guidelines, we reserve the right to ban them from the page. It is our page, so we reserve the right to ask our fans to respect the rules here. We seek to minimize this step in every way we can.
  13. We appreciate our fans very much and seek to help everyone to better their ability to defend themselves and their loved ones.