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Police Stop Man Who Attacked Subway Sandwich Artist

If anything, the police response time in this attack is very good, but it shows all of us that we are the primary agent in our own rescue. Do you train to defend yourself from an attack like this?

 

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News stories on the Subway employee, the attacker, and the police officers: https://get-asp.com/qw00 and https://get-asp.com/9vbs

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a knife attack?

 

  1. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up!

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands!

 

  1. Every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer. For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.

 

  1. It may be unrealistic to think that you can escape a knife attack unscathed; the old adage says that the loser of a knife fight dies at the scene while the winner dies on the way to the hospital. Rather, you should expect to be cut in the beginning of the attack and expect to be hurt defending yourself against a knife attack. This isn’t the goal of course (no one WANTS to be stabbed in a knife attack!), but gives you emotional fitness if you are attacked. If you get to the hospital with a pulse there’s over a 92% chance you’ll live through the encounter, so keep fighting even when you’re hurt!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Veterinarian Puts a Beat Down on Two Armed Robbers

I don’t think these armed robbers were expecting the veterinarian to be such a hard target! For most of us, though, fighting two armed robbers like this is probably a bad idea.

 

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News story on the armed robbers getting beat up (Google Translate required): https://get-asp.com/a04q

 

Second news story with more details on the veterinarian (Google translate required): https://get-asp.com/895j

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against armed robbers?

 

  1. Every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer. For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act. This veterinarian had a large flock for sure!

 

  1. One of the factors we see in injury to victims of crime is half-hearted resistance or half-hearted compliance. This amounts to an ego check or a will check of the armed robber to see if they really mean what they say they mean, and while that’s normal for people to do, it gets a lot of people hurt. Either comply fully with the criminals’ demands, or resist with everything you have to overwhelm the attacker and end the threat. Don’t go half-way. The veterinarian went ALL IN on these armed robbers, and that was a major factor in his victory!

 

  1. One of the most significant benefits of training ourselves to the point of unconscious competence is the ability to think under pressure. (the path to unconscious competence is different than most have been taught, as this article shows) If your skills are significant enough that you don’t need to think about the physical manipulations, such as drawing your firearm or countering a takedown attempt, your brain can stay engaged in problem-solving mode to allow you to make good decisions in the blink of an eye. (this is a concept that one of my most significant martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, introduced me to)

 

  1. To defend against this kind of attack, 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.

 

  1. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Elderly Hero Whoops Man Who Attacked Bus Driver

This hero really gave that attacker a whooping; his cane fu was strong! Would you have stepped in to help her?

 

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News story on the attacker and elderly hero: https://get-asp.com/0j8o

 

Follow-up story on how the bus service honored him (watch the video; it’s a good one!): https://get-asp.com/uu7c

 

More on the bus driver: https://get-asp.com/1ilw

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a deranged attacker?

 

  1. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up! Hard to tell which this attacker is, but the bus driver deals with strange people daily for sure.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. In most states and places you can step in and defend someone else just as if you were defending yourself. However, some states still cling to the “alter ego” idea that you can only defend them if they had proper justification for defending themselves, which can be hard to determine in the moment. The key is to know the laws of the state you are in so that you know whether you can legally step into someone else’s encounter.

 

  1. The Bystander Effect is real. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times. All of that went on here!

 

  1. We tend (rightly) to focus on purpose-built force multipliers like firearms, knives, batons, etc. as self-defenders, but sometimes those aren’t available. While we always have our natural weapons (our body parts and empty-handed skills), we shouldn’t neglect environmental weapons that we might find at hand as well! Environmental weapons are force multipliers that aren’t necessarily designed to be used as defensive tools, but can be if necessary. For instance, a chair can become a barricade. A fruit knife can be used for personal protection. A flashlight can be used as a baton. Environmental weapons may not be as much force multiplication as purpose-built force multipliers, but in a pinch they might be all you have!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Guard Pulls a Firearm; Deranged Customer Doesn’t Care

A firearm is a tool of last resort, and this guard is a good reminder of why we say not to bring a firearm out unless it is imminently necessary.

 

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News story on the guard and customer, who died at the hospital: https://get-asp.com/pknj

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves with a firearm?

 

  1. Sometimes the danger that you must protect yourself and your family from isn’t evil, but is rather deranged. People who aren’t in their right faculties can be a real danger to your family, even if they are not inherently evil. You need the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from evil AND from non-evil threats that pop up!

 

  1. Using your verbal judo to de-escalate and redirect a conflict is always the best choice if it is available, so make sure that your verbal game is strong. Knowing how to redirect, how to persuade, how to empathize, and how to talk someone down from a confrontation is critical to avoiding some fights. That said, we must also know that some people will not be dissuaded from a fight, so knowing when to talk and when to act is critical as well.

 

  1. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “imminence,” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ). Imminence means the threat is happening RIGHT NOW, that it’s neither too late nor too early for you to defend yourself! The standard of imminence is seen as a triad of ability, opportunity, and jeopardy (also known as the AOJ triad, which is explained here: http://get-asp.com/pm3k in some detail).

 

  1. One of the pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “reasonableness.” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ) In every defensive incident we ask whether the actions of the defender were reasonable from an objective standpoint. Would an objective, reasonable person do what you did in the moment? A good test of whether your actions are reasonable is whether you did them to stop the threat or to punish someone (Charles Humes calls it “The Punisher Test”: https://get-asp.com/nybt it’s a good comparison) The reasonableness standard can feel vague, but think of it this way: would a sane, sober, good, moral person do what you did in the moment? Would Ned Flanders from “The Simpsons” do what you did?

 

  1. I think it’s valuable for every self-defender to carry OC Spray (pepper spray) as a defensive tool for non-lethal threats. I have used mine on dogs more than once effectively. Like any tool, OC spray is not 100% effective at stopping a threat; that said, against most people, it is a fight stopper! If you take a quality class you will be exposed to the spray so that you know how it affects you and affects others. That is NOT a fun time, but it is an important one. As the adage goes, the chief ingredient in OC spray is fear, so if you’re trained and prepared you CAN fight through it to still defend yourself. (I carry this one: http://amzn.to/2en1PEh)

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Mormon Missionary Beats the Celestial Crap out of Armed Robbers

As a missionary you’re really not looking for confrontations with armed robbers, but this corn fed Mormon boy lived out Proverbs 20:30 on these idiots!

 

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News story #1 on the Mormon missionary: https://get-asp.com/7dx8

 

News story #2 with a bit more information on the armed robbers: https://get-asp.com/46ah

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against armed robbers?

 

  1. 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. I know that the average Mormon missionary doesn’t much think about their personal defense, but these armed robbers just saw victims to attack. Thankfully the missionaries weren’t Mennonites!

 

  1. 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. Sidewalks are transitional spaces because they allow the attackers to surprise their victims, as happened with these missionaries.

 

  1. Feigning compliance can be an excellent strategy in an armed robbery to buy you time to find your opportunity to defend yourself. The hands-up, palms-out posture tells the armed robbers that you’re compliant, and might give you the opportunity to defend yourself when they stop focusing on you. The missionary here complied until he found his opportunity, which is very wise against territorial violence.

 

  1. If you have spiritual fitness by knowing what you’re willing to fight for and that you’re willing and ready to win the fight no matter what, you place yourself way ahead of most attackers. Attackers are looking for victims and not looking for fights, so many times when an intended victim puts up a significant fight they will disengage and find other prey. This makes sense even in the animal kingdom where we often see an apex predator disengage from feisty prey for fear of injury. Being ready to defend yourself is a key in self-defense because that defense will often cause the bad guy to run. This is part of why spiritual fitness is so important to self-defense.

 

  1. The “Five Ds Plus 1” 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) First, before the others, we need to control Distance. (it’s the plus 1…it stands by itself and is the gateway to the others working) Then 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. Close the Distance to the place where we can effectively use our empty-handed skills. 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.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Polish Police Take Down Man Wielding Hammer and Crowbar

Whether LE or CCW, there is a lot to learn from these Polish Police confronting a deranged man who is threatening the local population.

 

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News story on the police shooting this man and its controversy: https://get-asp.com/bzj8

 

UPDATE: there are English subtitles on this original video which shows that this is at least an attempted suicide by cop: https://get-asp.com/89js

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against someone armed with short range tools like a hammer and crowbar?

 

  1. You must know the range of your force multiplier and the range of various force multipliers that might be used against you. Hammers and crowbars are short-range, fast moving force multipliers. If thrown, they become single use, long range force multipliers. Firearms are extremely long-range, fast moving force multipliers.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. Knowing each other well and communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Whether you’re LEO or CCW, you need to know what force options you have available and when to abandon one and move to another. (“force options” are a better model than the older “force continuum” model) You need to know when your pepper spray is the best option, or when to abandon it (or the TASER) in favor of your firearm in a split-second decision. The best way, of course, to learn and embed these options in your mind is to train in force on force scenarios with the options and then respond to the situations appropriately. Against a hammer and crowbar, a less-lethal option like a TASER or OC spray wouldn’t have been appropriate.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Random Assault Caught on Camera

This random assault caught on camera teaches self-defenders multiple lessons about pre-attack cues, awareness, and more.

 

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News story on the assault from Wichita news: https://get-asp.com/k79y

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an assault?

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Never ignore your “creep alarm,” that uneasy, queasy feeling that something isn’t right. Your creep alarm is usually your subconscious’ way of telling you that something IS wrong, and you need to take action to make yourself safer. This poor woman said that this guy had followed her for a block, and the assault came when she KNEW something was up.

 

  1. Attackers often stalk their intended victims for some time, silently “interviewing” them to see if they are an easy target. (there’s a great article in Psychology Today about the psychology of victim selection…read it!) Criminals absolutely look for opportune people and opportune times to ambush easy prey, so the solution to that is not to look like prey! The common adage is true, “If you don’t want to be eaten, don’t look like food.”

 

  1. The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the hands are the windows to the intent of a person. If you’re in a potential conflict, ALWAYS pay attention to what the aggressor is doing with their hands. They might have a force multiplier in their hand, or they might be hiding their hand so that you can’t see what is in it or using their hand to conceal something. If their hands are empty, there is a difference between someone with fists and someone whose hands are open and relaxed. As a self-defender your situational awareness must include seeing the hands of any potential threat in your vicinity, so watch the hands!

 

  1. If you know there might be danger around, you cannot stand there flat-footed with your hands at your side. That’s a great way to die. Instead, if you think danger might be coming but not imminent, get your hands up protecting your head, neck, and chest. I do this by tucking one hand under the other elbow, and the free hand on my chin as if I were in deep contemplation. Others do it using the “interview position” with both hands as if they’re holding a pad and pen. Getting your hands up shaves split seconds off your reaction time, but that might make the difference between life and death if you can prepare.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Cabbie Attack Caught on Dash Cam

I feel terrible for this cabbie; this attack was unprovoked and heinous. But this dash cam video shows all self-defenders some important principles for self-protection!

 

 

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News story from local news on the cabbie attack: https://get-asp.com/yytc

 

A heartwarming update that a kind family bought him a new mobile to replace the one that was taken: https://get-asp.com/jcc1

 

What does this officer teach us about defending ourselves from an attack?

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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!

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Compliance does not at all guarantee your safety in the face of an armed robber or other attacker. We know, for instance, that rape victims who fight back are no more likely to be harmed than if they don’t fight back, and they are less likely to be raped. (study here: https://get-asp.com/601c if you need proof on that) Compliance does not guarantee safety, as placing your safety in the hands of someone willing to commit a felony is a terrible idea. This cabbie complied, and he still was badly choked out.

 

  1. You must be able to fight and defend yourself from all different stages of action. One of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, likes to say that we must be able to fight wherever the fight happens to be! So whether we are at contact stage (just able to come in physical contact with our attacker), penetration stage (where attacks can contact and penetrate significantly), or manipulation stage (a clinch or similar where joint and body manipulations are possible), we must be able to use effective technique to protect ourselves.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Clerk Fends Off Armed Robber by Using Wine Bottle

This clerk was brave and resourceful when confronting this armed robber! There are a lot of lessons for us in self-defense on this one.

 

 

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News story on the sentence for this armed robber: https://get-asp.com/bma3

 

What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against an aggressive attacker?

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. One of the factors we see in injury to victims of crime is half-hearted resistance or half-hearted compliance. This amounts to an ego check or a will check of the armed robber to see if they really mean what they say they mean, and while that’s normal for people to do, it gets a lot of people hurt. Either comply fully with the criminals’ demands, or resist with everything you have to overwhelm the attacker and end the threat. Don’t go half-way. This clerk went full-bore against the armed robber, and that’s why he came out okay.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders. First of all, more conflicts you will encounter as a self-defender will require empty-handed skills than will require firearms skills, simply because more self-defense encounters are physical than deadly. Second, since a firearm is a tool of last resort, self-defenders need to have non-lethal options that include empty-handed skills to protect themselves from likely incidents. Third, in the moment of the encounter you may not have the time to get to your gun before you can fight your way to it.

 

  1. We tend (rightly) to focus on purpose-built force multipliers like firearms, knives, batons, etc. as self-defenders, but sometimes those aren’t available. While we always have our natural weapons (our body parts and empty-handed skills), we shouldn’t neglect environmental weapons that we might find at hand as well! Environmental weapons are force multipliers that aren’t necessarily designed to be used as defensive tools, but can be if necessary. For instance, a chair can become a barricade. A fruit knife can be used for personal protection. A flashlight can be used as a baton. Environmental weapons may not be as much force multiplication as purpose-built force multipliers, but in a pinch they might be all you have!

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Officer Uses Unconventional Tactics to Subdue Suspect

This officer fought for his life, and while he had every right to use deadly force against this suspect, his unconventional tactics made it unnecessary. Kudos to him for that!

 

 

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News story on the unconventional tactics the officer used: https://get-asp.com/gcjf

 

Additional information from a LE perspective: https://get-asp.com/ukir

 

What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against an aggressive attacker?

 

  1. Our defensive strategy is always dictated by our mission. It’s worth remembering that the mission of military members (to overwhelm the enemy with force and drive them from the battlefield) is different than the mission of law enforcement officers (to protect and serve the public interest by subduing and arresting those suspected of crime) is different than the mission of armed private citizens (to protect their loved ones from harm by breaking contact effectively with violent criminals). Those varied missions will dictate what skills are needed and what tactics are employed! This officer had to take the suspect into custody, so he had to pursue the fight to hands-on. A CCW holder would not.

 

  1. Having a light mounted on your pistol is not for everyone, but for those who can make it work it does give you another tool in the toolbox. I carry the TLR-1 HL on my pistol and it works wonderfully. It does not replace a handheld light for general lighting needs, but for illuminating a known threat it is very helpful. The key, as always, is to train with it regularly and seriously.

 

  1. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “proportionality,” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ). Proportionality requires that the response is proportional to the threat, and escalating conflict is not allowed legally or morally. When we fail the test of proportionality by escalating conflict, we lose our innocence in the eyes of the law and put ourselves at risk of spending significant time in prison. Proportionality is also why I carry a pepper spray, because non-lethal threats require non-lethal responses. (I carry this one: http://amzn.to/1kxJ3v8 ) Likewise, when a threat like this suspect is shown NOT to be a deadly threat, we must not use deadly force against that threat! That’s why LT Weldon put his firearm away…he wasn’t facing a deadly threat in that moment from the suspect and needed his hands to take him into custody. Knowing when a threat is deadly is important!

 

  1. One of the pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “reasonableness.” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ) In every defensive incident we ask whether the actions of the defender were reasonable from an objective standpoint. Would an objective, reasonable person do what you did in the moment? A good test of whether your actions are reasonable is whether you did them to stop the threat or to punish someone (Charles Humes calls it “The Punisher Test”: https://get-asp.com/nybt it’s a good comparison) Would it have been reasonable for LT Weldon to have used deadly force when he was able to draw his pistol again against the suspect? Dubon had just fought him, gouged at his eyes, and tried to take his gun. LT Weldon was exhausted physically and facing a suspect who could have overpowered him in a few moments more, and he had no idea when backup would arrive. That makes it highly reasonable for him to stop that deadly threat definitively. Still, hats off to him for doing everything possible not to use deadly force!

 

  1. Fights are physically demanding. Sure, a pure gunfight might last 10 seconds and not place a huge burden on you physically, but the vast majority of encounters we see here at ASP involve physical self-defense as well. Getting into a honest-to-goodness fight with someone is incredibly physically demanding, so being physically fit is an important part of maximizing your chances to protect yourself. Fit people are harder to beat and harder to kill! LT Weldon had enough in the tank to win a LONG entangled grappling fight against a determined suspect, while in full police gear. Kudos to him!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this video, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)

 

 

 

Copyright Disclaimer. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.