This mugging was ugly from the start, but let’s learn some lessons about how to cover our Active Self Protection so we don’t get into the situation these boys did!
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UPDATE: Police have arrested a suspect: https://get-asp.com/x89y
News story with details on the mugging: https://get-asp.com/45v5
What does this on camera shooting teach us about defending ourselves from a mugging?
- Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can. These boys weren’t talking their way out of things, plain and simple. They needed a more effective plan to deal with the mugging!
- Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. If these boys had been curious of their surroundings they might possibly have had enough notice to get out of the danger zone and escape this shooting and mugging!
- Attackers often stalk their intended victims for some time, silently “interviewing” them to see if they are an easy target. (there’s a great article in Psychology Today about the psychology of victim selection…read it!) Criminals absolutely look for opportune people and opportune times to ambush easy prey in a mugging, so the solution to that is not to look like prey! The common adage is true, “If you don’t want to be eaten, don’t look like food.” Here the man definitely wasn’t giving off a powerful vibe, and his attacker didn’t really look like he was scared of any resistance whatsoever.
- 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 sidewalk is a transitional space because of the ease of launching a mugging from concealment and the easy escape, so when you’re walking down the sidewalk, be aware!
- Compliance does not at all guarantee your safety in the face of a mugging. We know, for instance, that rape victims who fight back are no more likely to be harmed than if they don’t fight back, and they are less likely to be raped. (study here: https://get-asp.com/601c if you need proof on that) Compliance does not guarantee safety, as placing your safety in the hands of someone willing to commit a felony is a terrible idea.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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