These are the kinds of videos that should make every concealed carrier in America take stock of their ability to defend themselves if they carry a firearm. This shows the truth of what we talk about at Active Self Protection constantly, so are you ready to protect your firearm from being taken by an armed robber and used against you?
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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/328x
News story here: http://get-asp.com/bb7z
How do I protect myself from an armed robber?
1. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial.
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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. In this instance, the defender had a hard time weathering that storm and that’s what almost cost him his life against the armed robber.
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. This defender wasn’t particularly aware of someone behind him checking him out, who was about to become an armed robber. So be cautious!
4. 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.
5. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)