Do you think that this guy was wise to take the fight to the armed robber? Once he made the decision, he practiced excellent Active Self Protection in taking it to the armed robber for sure! Kudos to him for handling his business, and let’s learn some lessons from his victory.
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Original video of the armed robber taking a butt kicking: https://get-asp.com/8i34 The video is from the victim, who posted it for the world to see.
How do I protect myself from an armed robber?
- We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. Against this armed robber the defender clearly had some fighting skills and he waited until the armed robber put the gun away before acting. That made the threat to his person a lot less significant and tipped the balance of risk to reward in stopping the armed robber in my opinion!
- In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. This victim certainly waited for the right time to counter-ambush, and it worked to a tee. He waited until the gun was out of the fight before going after it with speed, surprise, and violence of action.
- The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker. The victim here waited until the armed robber put the gun in his waistband, effectively deflecting it from being used, before going to work on the other parts of the Five Ds.
- If you have a firearm out, distance is your friend. A firearm has a functionally infinite range in a deadly force encounter. (yes, I know, that’s not 100% true…for the purposes of a self-defense fight, it is functionally true) If you are at contact distance to someone you have a firearm aimed at, you give them the ability to fight you for your firearm and negate the advantage you have. Therefore, if you have a gun on someone, stay out of range of their hands if at all possible! This armed robber got a second and third chance in the fight because the victim let him close distance. That might have been because in a significant sense he wasn’t willing to USE the gun on the armed robber, so it was an intimidation tool. If you won’t use it, get it out of the fight (drop the magazine, empty the chamber, then get rid of them) and don’t use it as an intimidation tool.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.