We certainly wish that every deadly force encounter ended with good people safe and bad people not, but the reality is that every robbery is a chance for good people to die. We hope that Active Self Protection helps good people protect themselves, and that involves learning from the good incidents and the bad ones. How do you think we can train to minimize these risks?
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How do I protect myself from a robbery?
- 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 robbery is not time for condition yellow, but condition RED. The officer is actively defending himself and everyone around him. Yes, that means “head on a swivel” is the only way to truly be. Yes, that is incredibly difficult.
- In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! Do force on force training that involves unknown contacts and extra opponents, like we see in this robbery. It might save your life.
- In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. This robbery shows how fluid a gunfight is, and how much movement actually happens.
- 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 officer wasn’t expecting to intervene in a robbery, and wasn’t expecting to meet his Maker that day.
- We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! This robbery involved at least 3 or 4 robbers, and multiple attackers are the norm.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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