Would you have fought the carjacker to the very end like this woman did, or would you have let the car go? It’s certainly worth considering what we fight for and why as part of our Active Self Protection; the why and when are as important as the how!
Original video from Atlanta PD: https://get-asp.com/wzuy
News story with more details: https://get-asp.com/6e0h
Pretty incredible interview with the victim: https://get-asp.com/8mlq
What does this woman’s ordeal teach us about protecting ourselves against a carjacker?
- You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. This carjacker chose his victim because he wanted the car, and that kind of choosing can happen to anyone including you!
- 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 carjacker chose a place where he could launch an easy ambush, where he could hide in obscurity. When you’re in a transitional space, be aware!
- In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker 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. It probably would have been SAFEST for this woman to drop the keys when the carjacker first accosted her and run back in the store immediately.
- We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. The carjacker here thankfully didn’t want to take her life or use his gun beyond as a bludgeoning tool, but he easily could have killed her.
- If you have spiritual fitness by knowing what you’re willing to fight for and that you’re willing and ready to win the fight no matter what, you place yourself way ahead of most attackers. Attackers are looking for victims and not looking for fights, so many times when an intended victim puts up a significant fight they will disengage and find other prey. This makes sense even in the animal kingdom where we often see an apex predator disengage from feisty prey for fear of injury. Being ready to defend yourself is a key in self-defense because that defense will often cause the bad guy to run. This is part of why spiritual fitness is so important to self-defense. Against this carjacker, her willingness to put up a fight definitely won the day for her. I will give her that!
- Remember, at the end of a defensive encounter your goal is to get to safety and end the threat against you and your loved ones. Pursuing a fleeing bad guy for whatever reason is unwise because they very well may counter-ambush you or hurt you to make their escape. Once the threat ends, let the threat go and take action to make yourself safer. Once the carjacker left, she let him leave and that’s a very good thing.
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