This armed robbery could have gone a LOT worse if there wasn’t a concealed carrier (or two!) around to make their day go bad. This is a great reminder of why attitude, skills, and plan are so important.
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News story with details on the armed robbery (in Portuguese): https://get-asp.com/45v5
What does this armed robbery teach us about defending ourselves as concealed carriers?
- 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 armed robbers change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can stop an armed robbery in progress.
- 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 concealed carrier had to know something was going on before he could act to stop the armed robbery. His awareness gave him the time to do so.
- 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 transitional space here allowed the armed robbery to launch because it allowed the ambush from the motorcycle.
- In most instances that we see on surveillance video, the first person to put shots on target wins the gunfight. That’s not 100% because injured people can stay in the fight a long time, but it is a good “rule of thumb” because once someone gets shot they usually stop thinking about whatever it is they were doing and start thinking about the pain they’re in and how not to get shot again. The lesson in that is clear: be the first to put shots on target. (this is the corollary to Joe Frick’s Rules for a Gunfight #3, “Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.”) This armed robbery went right because the concealed carrier put his first shot on the money!
- It is very, very common to “crowd” cover and concealment and get as close to it as possible, but this isn’t the best way to use it in an armed robbery or other gunfight. Use cover wisely by staying as far back from it as you reasonably can! Maintaining distance from cover gives the advantages of better vision, better mobility, better angles of sight, and less chance of being hit with ricochet or spall from incoming fire. Don’t crowd cover!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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