Concealed Carrier Ambushed by Armed Robbers

Do you think that this concealed carrier did the right thing? The armed robbers had the drop on him for sure, but he might have had some opportunities if he was really sharp. Still, this wasn’t a terrible outcome.


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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against armed robbers as a concealed carrier?


  1. The “master key” to situational awareness, as taught to me by my teacher Lawrence Robinson and his teacher Skip Hancock, is simple curiosity. You don’t have to be paranoid! Instead, simply be curious of your world like a small child is curious of their world. Look around you and really SEE. Look for what makes sense in your surroundings, but most importantly look for what’s out of place and doesn’t belong. I like to think back to the Sesame Street song “Three of These Things” and remember to look for the thing that doesn’t belong. As self-defenders, you’re looking for someone who doesn’t belong in their environment. A person standing still while everyone else moves. A person in a hoodie with the hood up when everyone else is in shorts and flip flops on a hot day. A person loitering where people come and go quickly. If you are curious and looking for what doesn’t belong, you’re 99% of the way there to being aware of your surroundings!


  1. Don’t get into verbal battles with armed robbers, carjackers, or other attackers. As Greg Ellifritz points out, those verbal challenges are taken as personal attacks and lead to a MUCH higher chance of being hurt in a violent encounter. Learn the lessons he gives in that article about how to provide a “face-saving exit” and not get shot by challenging their ego! The concealed carrier didn’t challenge the armed robbers, and that was very wise.


  1. Feigning compliance can be an excellent strategy in an armed robbery to buy you time to find your opportunity to defend yourself. The hands-up, palms-out posture tells the armed robbers that you’re compliant, and might give you the opportunity to defend yourself when they stop focusing on you. You can see that the concealed carrier here used that compliant posture to get the armed robbers to consider him a non-threat. That was good.


  1. It’s a morally acceptable choice in an armed robbery to simply give the armed robbers what they want. Only you can decide in the moment if the attacker is using their force multiplier as an intimidation tool or if they really intend to do you harm, and giving up your phone or wallet or register to escape the danger zone can be an acceptable choice. Either way, you must count the potential cost of your life vs. your possessions and take the best action that protects your life, which is infinitely more valuable than your things.


  1. A big part of emotional fitness is staying calm under duress and maintaining your ability to think and to act. The opposite is to panic and to therefore lock up and be unable to take good steps to protect yourself. One physiological hack that you can use to calm yourself, slow your heart rate, and return your mind to thinking is what is known as “combat tactical breathing.” Deliberate breathing controls your adrenaline response, slows your heart rate, and gives you a focus to start thinking again. However, be aware that breathing by itself isn’t the end; there are more techniques to center your awareness and bring you into a mental and emotional place of peak performance. With your mind and soul in control you can then take appropriate actions to protect yourself.


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