Defender Draws Gun on Armed Robber

Do you have the emotional fitness to actually fight an armed robber? Practicing Active Self Protection using mental training exercises such as this is very important so that in the moment you know if you can pull the trigger! I am not upset at this clerk at all, but let’s learn some lessons from his encounter.

Original video of the armed robber and clerk, FROM the clerk, with details:


How do I protect myself against an armed robber?


  1. An important part of spiritual fitness is knowing what you are willing and able to fight for. As bearers of the image of God, humans are uniquely valuable and it is always acceptable to protect human life, whether your own or someone else’s. But knowing whether you can protect yourself with deadly force is an important part of spiritual fitness so that you know what your outcomes can be. If you can’t use deadly force that’s not evil, but knowing that in advance is important. If you know it, don’t carry a firearm.


  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack by an armed robber. 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.


  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the armed robber gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself.


  1. 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!


  1. 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! If the bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal.


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at


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