This armed robber upsets me greatly, and reminds me again why we focus on helping innocent people like this victim have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect themselves from armed robbers.
UPDATE: News story with more information on the armed robber (Google Translate required): https://get-asp.com/wqii and he has been caught and confessed: https://get-asp.com/9vcl many thanks to a commenter for finding it! (my Google Fu in Russian is terrible)
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What does this victim teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber?
- 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. This armed robber wasn’t going to be talked into stopping; he was only going to stop when he got what he wanted or his intended victim made him stop.
- 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. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train! This armed robber definitely picked this woman because he had what he thought was an easy mark…thankfully, though, she was a fighter!
- A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. The victim here continued to look for an avenue of escape, and in that she did so eventually, I give her props!
- There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead or at least incapacitated and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This armed robber was really a bit of a combination!
- To defend against an armed robber like this, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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