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Officers Forced to React in a Split Second After TASER Fails

These officers had to react SO fast to a very volatile situation. Heck, just clearing the house is a hard job! Good work assessing their options and protecting themselves.

 

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All officer related incidents get a lot of news coverage. https://get-asp.com/cixn and https://get-asp.com/3wxe and https://get-asp.com/gboc give all the details on this one.  The original video is in the second link and shows that the man’s wife allowed officers into the house because of a DV call.

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves when our tools fail?

 

  1. You must understand that your intermediate force options, those in between hands and firearm/knife (like pepper spray, TASER, baton, etc.) will not always be effective. They are designed to be used BEFORE a threat becomes a deadly threat, and we must always be ready for them to fail us. At that point, we must quickly decide whether the right answer is to move to empty-handed skills or to deadly force options.
  2. 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.

 

  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. The rules of firearm safety apply in a gunfight, just like they do on the range or in your home. Whether you prefer to articulate them as Colonel Cooper’s four rules or the NRA’s three rules (I have a discussion of my preference here: https://get-asp.com/cfgf if you want to read it), you must have the presence of mind to keep your firearm pointed in the appropriate direction and only fire when you will not hit an innocent. You are morally and legally responsible for the rounds that leave your gun, so make sure to train and practice so that you take responsible shots in the moment of need.

 

  1. One of the significant dangers in using your defensive firearm is to your support hand. This is usually only in play in a very close-range defensive shooting, say 6 feet or less. What we see happen on video regularly is that if a threat closes within about 2 arms lengths rapidly, the natural tendency is to release the support hand from the pistol and use it as a barrier to the attacker getting too close. The danger there is in floating the support hand out in front of the muzzle and shooting yourself! In training, that means we must drill and drill and drill the thumb pectoral index which minimizes the risk to the support hand, as well as drilling keeping the support hand close to ward off blows while using the firearm in defense.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

 

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Firearm Instructor Finds Opportunity to Stop Armed Robber

Against a mugger or armed robber, you MUST wait for your opportunity to get ahead of them and protect yourself. This firearms instructor did just that, and teaches us all a lesson in the process.

 

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News stories on this firearm instructor need Google Translate from Spanish, but there are a couple of them https://get-asp.com/9py0 and https://get-asp.com/joe7 in order from earliest report to later. Note that the video evidence was significant in exonerating him.

 

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

 

  1. Never leave your life-saving tools at home. Having attitude and skills to protect yourself with your firearm will not help you if you do not have it on your person when you need it. Leaving your gun in the glove compartment, on the night stand, or in your safe could be a fatal mistake. Keep your tools on your person whenever you legally can so that if (God forbid) you need them, you have them. This is the same reason you wear your seatbelt every trip in the car, and keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. You need to have it ready before you need it.
  2. Your firearm will only come out when it’s the worst day of your life, so make sure that you can draw that firearm quickly and reliably. Vet your carry position so that you know without a doubt that you can get a full firing grip and get the gun out of the holster and into the fight without fail. If you have to fumble to get the correct grip on the gun, change your carry setup until you can. Then train and practice until you can’t get it wrong. As the old saying goes, in a gunfight you have the rest of your life to get your gun in the fight, so get good at it.

 

  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.

 

  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched.

 

  1. It is critical to know not only how to shoot from the “press out” position, but also from high compressed ready and from retention. Being able to shoot from a high compressed ready as well as from retention are vital skills for all self-defenders to have, because drawing the firearm and using it when there is a threat within arms-length means not pressing it out to use it effectively. You must have the ability to use it in close quarters without endangering your firearm.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

 

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Long Simmering Argument Leads to Shots Fired

This long simmering feud finally erupted into shots fired and a gunfight that teaches self-defenders a lot of lessons for before, during, and after a deadly force encounter.

 

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News stories are extensive on this incident. A good overview of the argument history is at https://get-asp.com/3505 and https://get-asp.com/hxer gives some more. There’s more detail on their feud at https://get-asp.com/zj5j as well.

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves in a gunfight?

 

  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!
  2. 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. The first pillar of lawful, moral self-defense is “innocence.” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ) Innocence requires that we not be the instigator of the fight and that we not be the aggressor or the perpetrator. In some states when we attempt to leave or run we can re-establish innocence in self-defense, but states differ on that. Regardless, getting into a fight is a poor basis for a self-defense claim later, so always live in such a way that innocence isn’t a problem for you.

 

  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!

 

  1. 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!

 

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Mugger Takes the Room Temperature Challenge

The defender in this incident found the right time to turn the tables on this mugger, and because he had his firearm on him and ready, the mugger took the Room Temperature Challenge.

 

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News stories are scant on this incident. Best info I could find was https://get-asp.com/xgkv in the comments and https://get-asp.com/24vi for location data. If you have more, please send it to me at john at activeselfprotection.com and I will add it.

 

What does this video teach us about beating a mugger and protecting ourselves?

 

  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.
  2. The “master key” to situational awareness, as taught to me by my teacher Lawrence Robinson and his teacher Skip Hancock, is simple curiosity. You don’t have to be paranoid! Instead, simply be curious of your world like a small child is curious of their world. Look around you and really SEE. Look for what makes sense in your surroundings, but most importantly look for what’s out of place and doesn’t belong. I like to think back to the Sesame Street song “Three of These Things” and remember to look for the thing that doesn’t belong. As self-defenders, you’re looking for someone who doesn’t belong in their environment. A person standing still while everyone else moves. A person in a hoodie with the hood up when everyone else is in shorts and flip flops on a hot day. A person loitering where people come and go quickly. If you are curious and looking for what doesn’t belong, you’re 99% of the way there to being aware of your surroundings!

 

  1. Emotional fitness is not only about staying in the fight, but about choosing to protect yourself wholeheartedly. Time and again we see victims “try out” defending themselves to see if they can, and then wilting when it doesn’t work immediately. This places them in grave danger from attackers who are now offended as well as aware that their victims could fight back. The lesson here is that if you’re going to comply, comply. But if you choose to protect yourself, in the moment you choose to launch your counter-attack, launch it with ferocity and commitment. Go “all in” and prevail 100%, beginning with spiritual, emotional, and mental fitness to win the fight no matter what. Anything else is setting you up for disaster.

 

  1. Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched.

 

  1. Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber, but doing so is not recommended for several reasons. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your firearm, which isn’t necessarily the case. You might have a hand engaged or injured. Secondly, it assumes that you’ll have time to chamber a round in a gunfight, but gunfights are won and lost on tenths of seconds. Third, it assumes that you’ll have the dexterity to chamber a round under duress, though in the moment many times I have seen people fumble their chambering attempt. Fourth, the sound of a round chambering can alert an attacker who is not focused on you that you are a danger to him, which can negate your element of surprise in a counter-ambush. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber!

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

 

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Another Reminder that Firearms Safety Rules Matter

Firearms safety is the responsibility of every user of firearms. If you can’t follow them, all the time, then don’t carry one. This is a reminder of what happens when you disregard them!

 

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News stories from local news (Google Translate required): https://get-asp.com/p6bk and https://get-asp.com/y5l2

 

What does this video teach us about firearms safety?

 

  1. The number one reason for negligent discharge with a firearm is complacency with the Rules of Firearms Safety. When your firearm stops being something you respect as dangerous, you can easily get complacent with treating it as a deadly force multiplier, and that complacency in handling leads to negligent discharges. The correction to that is to always remember that it’s a dangerous tool, and to treat it with respect! (I see the same kind of thing with driving and motorcycle riding; once you forget it’s a dangerous tool, bad things are coming)
  2. Administrative firearm handling is dangerous. If you don’t NEED to be handling your firearm, DON’T. When the gun is not properly stored, holstered, or slung but is rather in your hands, it is a dangerous time. Recognize that whenever you handle your firearm in an administrative task (holstering in the morning, loading, unloading and showing clear on the range, inspection, unloading for dry fire work, etc.) that you’re doing something very dangerous and practice the rules of safe firearms handling religiously!

 

  1. The first rule of firearms safety is to always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. ALWAYS keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction! A safe direction is one that is never pointed at someone who is not a deadly threat to you or others, and will minimize property damage if the firearm were to have a negligent discharge. If you follow this first rule, even if you somehow discharge the firearm, no one will be hurt and that’s the biggest goal.

 

  1. The second rule of firearms safety is to keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire! I like to bolster that rule by framing it as “keep your fingers completely out of the trigger guard until you’ve decided to fire.” Had this guard not been stupid enough to put his finger on the trigger, his friend wouldn’t have been shot.

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

 

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Shootout Between Officers and Armed Robber Caught from Multiple Angles

This shootout between Dundalk, Maryland officers and a known armed robber is one of the craziest that I have ever seen. SO much to learn here that it’s the longest video I have ever narrated!

 

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News stories on this shootout abound.

 

Main stories: https://get-asp.com/pl25 and https://get-asp.com/ueaz

 

More on the perp, Blaine Robert Erb, who was a prohibited possessor and a real boy scout: https://get-asp.com/tbys and https://get-asp.com/frbj

 

Prosecutor discussion of the justification for shooting Erb, which is obviously cut and dried: https://get-asp.com/f5m4

 

What does this video teach us about the chaos that is a real shootout?

 

  1. The first and most foundational part of Active Self Protection’s defensive strategy of “Attitude, Skills, Plan” is Attitude. You must cultivate the attitude that you are responsible for your own self-protection and you are the primary agent in your own rescue. You and only you can choose to cultivate an attitude that no one has the right to harm you or your loved ones and you have a right and a responsibility to stop anyone who threatens to harm you and yours. The first officer went looking for an armed robber but didn’t appear to be mentally and emotionally ready for the trouble she was walking into. If you know trouble is likely, whether a shootout or something else, get emotionally prepared!
  2. 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. Marksmanship in a real deadly force encounter might mean that you need to be ready to make a precision shot on a threat, and you must be prepared emotionally and skill-wise to do so. Shooting a threat in the face, a target the size of a 3×5 card, under stress is no small feat! To be able to stop a terrorist attack or hostage situation, though, it is a necessary skill and you should train and practice your marksmanship until it is second nature. A good standard is Dave Spaulding’s “Skill on Demand” drill, which involves 2 shots in 2 seconds at 20 feet, in a 3×5 card.

 

  1. Always remember that while good people practice firearms safety at all times, criminals do not. If they cared about firearms safety, they wouldn’t use firearms to hurt people! They will endanger a bystander or a crowd to get what they want. They will take reckless shots. They will flag everyone in the place to threaten them with harm. They will negligently discharge their firearm. That is a prime reason that we need to smartly end the threat, because as long as the attacker has a firearm out, everyone is in danger.

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1Or4yVz ) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

 

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Off Duty Officer Hit Trying to Stop Armed Robbery

Even as a bystander in an armed robbery you can become a target, so you better have the attitude, skills, and plan to get yourself to safety. This officer did a pretty good job!

 

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News stories on the officer and the armed robbery: https://get-asp.com/0jiv and https://get-asp.com/744g

 

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

 

  1. 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. Here the cop didn’t see the armed robbery before it started (not blaming him; that’d be a tough call) and that meant he was definitely at a disadvantage.
  2. Real life self-defense encounters are chaotic and there is seldom ability to focus solely on one threat. When there are multiple attackers (or potential attackers) present especially, focusing too much on one threat could be a deadly mistake. We must maintain awareness in a fight for our life not only of the immediate threat but threats all around us, and that takes great training not to get tunnel vision. The officer here did a great job of making sure that the multiple threats didn’t get ignored.

 

  1. One of your biggest priorities in a deadly force encounter must be mobility. When you’re stuck somewhere, it makes you much easier to target and take out of the fight! We see this happen when people are at a desk and sitting. If you see a threat approaching, maximize your mobility to maximize your options!

 

  1. It’s a morally acceptable choice in an armed robbery to simply give the armed robber what they want. Only you can decide in the moment if the attacker is using their force multiplier as an intimidation tool or if they really intend to do you harm, and giving up your phone or wallet to escape the danger zone can be an acceptable choice. Either way, you must count the potential cost of your life vs. your possessions and take the best action that protects your life, which is infinitely more valuable than your things.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. Before your Kung Fu, and before your Gun Fu, you should consider whether your best defense is Run Fu!

 

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Off Duty Cop Stops Multiple Armed Robbers

A good defensive gun use doesn’t always mean discharging the firearm! Here this off duty cop shows us that stopping armed robbers might mean knowing how to hold them until help arrives. Lots to learn about detention here!

 

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News story on this cop and the armed robbers (Google Translate from Portuguese required): https://get-asp.com/yyq1

 

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

 

  1. 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. Here the cop saw the armed robbers from outside and that allowed him time to respond in the way that he chose.
  2. Real life self-defense encounters are chaotic and there is seldom ability to focus solely on one threat. When there are multiple attackers (or potential attackers) present especially, focusing too much on one threat could be a deadly mistake. We must maintain awareness in a fight for our life not only of the immediate threat but threats all around us, and that takes great training not to get tunnel vision.

 

  1. In armed robberies we often see a multiple attacker combination of a gun man and a grab man. Very often the gun man stays at some distance to cover the intended victims while the grab man gets close to gather the money or items they want. Remember that the gun man is the bigger threat, so if you choose to defend yourself, focus on doing so when you can take definitive action to get the gun man out of the fight first.

 

  1. The goal in any defensive firearms use is to stop the threat. Never draw a firearm if you’re not willing to use it, but if the presence of the firearm stops the threat, don’t pull the trigger! If the bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal. If your first shots stop the threat, don’t take more shots that can turn a defensive encounter into charges for you. Shoot as many times as you must in order to stop the threat, and once the threat stops, reassess and stop shooting.

 

  1. It’s wise to be a “competent generalist” when it comes to firearms, because in a real fight you might well disarm a gun-wielding attacker and need to use that gun you’ve just taken to protect your life, or need to make it safe at least. Knowing how to use many kinds of guns could well save your life. So get training to use a revolver (both single and double action), a hammer-fired semi-auto, and a striker fired semi-auto both with and without external safeties.

 

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Carjacking Victim Retaliates Against Carjacker

In some places in the world, carjacking is one of the chief dangers most people regularly face. Even in parts of the US, carjacking is incredibly common! (Detroit, for instance, has 2 a day) Knowing effective carjacking defense is a useful skill for self-defenders to have, and knowing the limits of that defense is important too.

 

UPDATE: According to this news story, the PM says that the guy made a furtive gesture while he was trying to arrest him, and that’s why he shot him. http://www.gazetaonline.com.br/noticias/cidades/2017/04/video-mostra-policial-reagindo-a-assalto-e-matando-bandido-em-vitoria-1014042964.html my guess is that it’ll hold up for him as the video doesn’t disprove that, and he should get the benefit of the doubt. Note, though, that part of this is him claiming that he’s apprehending the guy as a LEO, so that kind of thing is only going to go so far.

 

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News story on this carjacking: https://get-asp.com/yakj Notice in this story (Google Translate required from Spanish) the PM said that the guy threatened to kill him, though the video seems to show that he was out of the danger zone. Also, the perp’s gun was fake. Nothing the PM could do about that in the moment, though.

 

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

 

  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. The stupid teens used the cover of the door and the transitional space to launch their robbery from obscurity, which made the clerk react quickly and before he could process the information. Cars become transitional spaces when they’re stopped. If you’re in a stopped vehicle, you’re in a transitional space.
  2. 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. The news story says that the victim here was distracted by texting with friends on his phone. Doing that on a public road takes your awareness away and makes you a more likely target of attack!

 

  1. If the attacker has a gun drawn on you, there is nothing you’re going to do in that moment to get your gun into the fight. It’s just not going to happen, and this video shows that well. You cannot draw from the drop! When someone has the drop on you, with a gun out and attention on you, it’s suicide to go for your gun. You have to earn your draw against the drop, and you earn that draw by either waiting for a moment of distraction for the armed robber (like if he looks away to check for people coming) or by closing the gap and using empty-handed skills to take his opportunity to use his gun away. If you don’t do either of those, you will likely be shot before your gun is in the fight.

 

  1. In almost all instances and jurisdictions you cannot use deadly physical force to defend property. (Texas is the rare exception to this, but recognize that TPC 9.42 has some significant limitations) Even in cases where you COULD use deadly physical force to defend property, it’s worth considering whether it is WISE to use deadly physical force because of the risk to yourself and to any bystanders that could come because you choose to continue to engage the criminal(s). That doesn’t usually apply to occupied buildings and cars because of the inherent value of the people inside of them, and the defense of property does vary considerably from state to state as to what’s acceptable. Please consult with a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction to be sure that you understand the laws of your area!

 

  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). In this carjacking, imminence means that unless someone was in the car, and THEIR life is still

 

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Clerk Faces Charges for Shooting Teen Robber

If you go read the news stories, this clerk said he was in fear for his life when he shot this teen robber. But fear must be reasonable and have objective evidence to back it up, and this video provides a lot of lessons on moral and legal self-defense for firearms carriers!

 

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News stories on this robber, the clerk, and the incident the charges stem from abound. https://get-asp.com/fdc8 and https://get-asp.com/qnt9 and https://get-asp.com/juip give the details.  https://get-asp.com/ohxx is an interview with the teen robber’s dad, which is sad but at least the father recognizes the son’s bad decisions that led him there.

 

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

 

  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. The stupid teens used the cover of the door and the transitional space to launch their robbery from obscurity, which made the clerk react quickly and before he could process the information.
  2. 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 ) To use deadly force there must be objective evidence of a deadly threat, and in this incident, the clerk can’t objectively say that the teen has the ability to do him deadly harm without a force multiplier on him. Therefore he fails the test of proportionality.

 

  1. One of the pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “reasonableness.” 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? Would a reasonable person, in the situation you were in and knowing what you know, do what you did in the moment? The challenge here is that the clerk is charged because the DA believes he acted unreasonably, and now it’ll be up to the jury to decide if they agree. However, from an objective standard, shooting an unarmed person stealing a bong from your smoke shop is not reasonable.

 

  1. One of the most significant paradigms of using deadly force is called the may-should-must paradigm. “May” asks whether your force is lawful (and, if LEO, within policy). “Should” asks whether the rewards outweigh the risks of not acting or of unintended consequences. “Must” asks whether this is the only course of action that can affect the necessary outcome. Knowing how to apply this paradigm in deadly force encounters, in the moment, is an important responsibility for self-defenders! Here, none of them are met, but CERTAINLY the “must” isn’t met and therefore you have to restrain yourself.

 

  1. Please consider the cost of using your firearm to defend your property. Sure, you might be out an insurance deductible on your car (say, $500 or $1000) if someone steals it with no one inside, but if you shoot someone who doesn’t present an objective deadly threat to you and yours, it can cost you FAR more. Decent criminal defense attorneys charge $400 an hour for their services; the ones I trust charge $600 or more and require 10 hours of fees up front as a retainer. Pre-trial work can cost $10-20,000 in dealing with the prosecutor and the media. If the case actually goes to trial, it can cost $100,000 or more to work through. That’s not worth doing for property that can be replaced. So be smart about using your firearm in self-defense. (and consider getting some kind of legal protection for use of force…I compare them at get-asp.com/protcomp so check that out) This clerk may well do years in prison.

 

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