We hear it too frequently from some government officials: compliance is the best path when facing an armed attacker. While compliance might be a strategy to use sometimes, having Active Self Protection gives you more options!
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Details of the incident with more on why compliance wasn’t really helpful here: https://get-asp.com/j2u7 (there were drugs found in the restaurant…these aren’t great people)
What do these attackers teach us about self-defense and compliance?
- 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 incident was likely drug-related, and therefore compliance wasn’t going to help much because of that. That said, this kind of evil can come your way as well.
- 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 security guard didn’t have compliance even as an option, because once they got the jump on him they murdered him without another thought.
- 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. Had the security guard been alert and aware, he might have been able to position himself to have a fighting chance. Probably not, but it couldn’t have been worse than what happened!
- 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, and sometimes compliance can work there. 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.
- Compliance does not at all guarantee your safety in the face of an armed robber or other attacker. We know, for instance, that rape victims who fight back are no more likely to be harmed than if they don’t fight back, and they are less likely to be raped. (study here: https://get-asp.com/601c if you need proof on that) Compliance does not guarantee safety, as placing your safety in the hands of someone willing to commit a felony is a terrible idea.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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