Whether off duty or on, this cop reminds us all of the importance of awareness and the willingness to use your tools!
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UPDATE: this is from Argentina. News story #1: https://get-asp.com/u725 #2: https://get-asp.com/goji #3: https://get-asp.com/c02l The policewoman was shot in the leg and will make a full recovery, which is great.
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a mugger?
- 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. This cop had NO awareness, and because she had no awareness, she lost the initiative and the time to respond to the mugger.
- 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 is doubly true of cops!
- 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. A sidewalk is a transitional space because it allows fast exit and a ready ambush, because it’s normal to people to walk by in close proximity.
- In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in. This is so important, and the cop here seemed not to have enough training to get her gun in the fight quickly and effectively.
- A critical skill in successful use of a defensive firearm is a smooth, fast, reliable draw. You can’t use a gun that’s not in hand and on target, and 100% of gunfights involve getting your gun out from its holster and on target. In a gunfight, this is perhaps the most significant skill to have because it is the foundation upon which marksmanship is built. You must acquire a full firing grip on the gun while it’s in the holster, draw it out of the holster while maintaining trigger finger discipline, accurately and unfailingly bring it up to your support hand, acquire a proper two-handed grip, and press out while you acquire the front sight visually. And all that must be done with unconscious competence so that you can use your thinking capacity in the moment to continue to problem solve and deal with the threat causing you to draw your firearm.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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