This murder just angers me, and I hope it angers you. Those who practice Active Self Protection protect the weak, and when I see someone victimize the elderly it makes me mad. Do you talk to your elderly relatives about their self protection?
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What does this murder teach self-defenders about personal protection?
- 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. A murder like this should shock us all into a reminder that evil people victimize those who they think they can, and we must accept that they might try to victimize us.
- Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. This murder showcases the validity of this idea quite well.
- 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. This murder is heinous and the victim is not at fault. He might have had the ability to protect himself if he had seen the attacker coming, so let’s remind our vulnerable loved ones that they need to pay extra attention.
- 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. The ambush precipitated the murder in this instance, not because the attackers wanted to murder, but because he was frail. For those who are vulnerable or frail, surviving the ambush is much harder.
- 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. Parking lots are definitely transitional spaces, as this murder shows. The parking lot allowed the criminals to ambush the elderly man from cover, and when they were done they disappeared in a hurry. When you’re in a transitional space, be more careful.
- Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. This murder victim wasn’t young, but he wasn’t expecting to meet his Maker that day. That’s why we must always be ready.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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