In the Dominican Republic, these kinds of motorcycle bandits are common, and this defensive display of a firearm kept things from escalating! What are the laws like in your state for a concealed carrier to display a defensive firearm?
If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this defensive display of a firearm? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.
First video of this defensive display with not much more than geographic information: https://get-asp.com/86hz
Second video with some audio commentary that I don’t understand because I don’t speak Spanish: https://get-asp.com/4m0j
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robbery?
- 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. Notice that before the defensive display, the concealed carrier was joyful and having fun, but aware of his surroundings. That’s the way to live!
- Perhaps the biggest benefit of situational awareness is that it buys you time and space to respond to a threat, and time and space buy you options when considering how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a threat. Time and space give you the chance to escape and evade, or time and space to get your force multiplier in the fight, and time and space to better your defensive position and give you a better chance to be victorious. Here the concealed carrier had the time not only to get his gun in hand, but to chamber a round (which, as I said in the video, I don’t recommend as a carry method). His awareness led to a defensive display of a firearm rather than being far more likely a defensive shooting.
- When talking about stopping a threat, we must recognize the legalities of the defensive display of a firearm. (and remember, I am not an attorney and am not offering you legal advice) Mas Ayoob has a good discussion on when it’s appropriate and when it’s not. In most states, “brandishing” a firearm is an offense of one kind or another, and again in most states that requires the exhibition of a firearm in a rude, careless, angry, or threatening manner. There’s an excellent Reddit thread on the defensive display of a firearm that all self-defenders should read. If you read a two-part question and answer from the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network here and here, you can see that the laws governing defensive display of a firearm differ from state to state. Therefore, it is your responsibility as the defender to know the laws of your jurisdiction and live within them. Generally speaking you can use a firearm against an imminent threat of deadly force or grievous bodily harm, and you can display that firearm in self-defense if that imminent threat is reasonably perceived ahead of time. In my state of Arizona we clarified that statute in 2009 to provide broad leeway for self-defenders, and others have taken note as well.
- Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber (as this concealed carrier did), but doing so is not recommended for several reasons. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your firearm, 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. Thankfully this defensive display had plenty of time! 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!
- 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! This defensive display ended any threat to this man and his loved ones, and not shooting was the right choice for this concealed carrier. 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.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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.