This is a good reminder why I think the Taurus Judge and other shotgun pistols are poor defensive firearms. It also shows us some important lessons on emotional fitness and defensive tactics. Let’s learn from this deputy’s ordeal!
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What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against an ambush?
- Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged (or a combination of evil and deranged). People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! The deputy was called to the home because the shooter’s dad called in a welfare check for him, fearing he was off his medication.
- 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. Hearing the first gunshots go off near his car should have sent Deputy Hockett into condition orange to investigate and mentally prepare for a possible deadly force encounter!
- There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This attacker represents predatorial violence; he didn’t want to talk, he wanted to kill Deputy Hockett. He wasn’t going to be talked down.
- Part of your training must be knowing when to use verbal commands, and when to abandon verbal commands and move to physical or deadly force. Many times self-defenders (and LEO) get caught in a loop of issuing the same command repeatedly to no effect. Using verbal commands is an important part of your force options training, and part of that training in verbal commands is knowing when to talk and when to stop talking and act. Deputy Hockett used a lot of verbal commands, even while being shot at. Know when to stop talking and start shooting!
- Even if you’re injured, you must stay in the fight and not stop as long as you have consciousness. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of injury and still function, so never stop fighting just because you’re injured! Even if you’re shot or stabbed, you have a 67-95% chance of surviving! (https://get-asp.com/ew3l and https://get-asp.com/p0hn give the details) So practice emotional fitness by knowing that even if the bad guy gets the jump and you’re injured, you’re still in the fight and still likely to survive if you take definitive action to protect yourself.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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