We always say that our goal at Active Self Protection is to stop the threat. We have a right to stop the threat against us, and this video shows us why we need to make sure the threat is stopped!
UPDATE: The man in the white shirt was the head of Interpol in this region, and died of the wounds he received (Google Translate from Spanish required): https://get-asp.com/5uhj
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Some scant details on the concealed carrier: https://get-asp.com/xvcq
What does this concealed carrier teach us about defending ourselves against a threat?
- 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 armed robbers used the transitional space to ambush the customers, and that put the concealed carrier on the defensive.
- 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. The concealed carrier used feigned compliance to get the threat to ignore him; that was a great strategy.
- In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training!
- We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! The threat here was significant, and the concealed carrier really needed a good number of skills to handle it. Multiple attackers multiply your defensive needs!
- The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. This concealed carrier seems to fall into the trap that a single shot will always incapacitate, and so he transitioned to additional threats without assessing whether the immediate threat was neutralized. That was a big mistake.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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