This gas station encounter wasn’t gang- or drug-related and wasn’t a robbery, either. How would you have handled it as a self-protector? A deadly force encounter like this is scary if you don’t have attitude, skills, AND plan ready.
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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves in a deadly force encounter?
- 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.
- 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.
- It is morally and legally acceptable to leave the scene of the attack if your intent in doing so is to get out of the danger zone. If you can be sure that the threat has ended (i.e. the attacker is dead or completely incapacitated or they’ve driven off and you’re behind a bulletproof door) then staying put and calling 911 is probably best. But if you’re unsure if the threat could return and you’re in your car or on foot (i.e. not indoors), it’s okay to get out of there to be safe! If you do that, though, make sure that your first act upon getting out of the danger zone is to call 911 and get help on the way to end the threat completely. Tell the dispatcher that you’ve been attacked, where you’re going, and that you’ll return to the scene of the attack with officers to keep you safe.
- Never leave your life-saving tools at home. Having attitude and skills to protect yourself with your firearm will not help you if you do not have it on your person when you need it. Leaving your gun in the glove compartment, on the night stand, or in your safe could be a fatal mistake. Keep your tools on your person whenever you legally can so that if (God forbid) you need them, you have them. This is the same reason you wear your seatbelt every trip in the car, and keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. You need to have it ready before you need it.
- In a gunfight, cover and concealment are important tools to know and use. Cover is anything that will stop bullets; concealment is that which will not stop bullets but will hide you from being seen by the aggressors. In many instances concealment works as well as cover against attackers who are not highly trained because they won’t shoot through it. Even so, cover and concealment only work for a few moments before the bad guys will start to work around them, so use them judiciously to buy you time and give you an advantage in a gunfight.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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