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Armed Robber Driven Off By Opportunistic Victim

How would you have defended yourself against this armed robber? An armed robber isn’t looking for a fight; he’s looking for a victim! This clerk practiced great Active Self Protection in my opinion.

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Original video of the armed robber: https://get-asp.com/cufo (WARNING: this site is very, very NSFW and filled with adult content…strongest warning possible…I get videos from it when I can’t find it anywhere else but do NOT endorse anything about it)

 

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  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Thankfully this armed robber decided to run when shots were fired, but notice that he fired back and endangered everyone. If you have to pull the trigger, put the first shot where it needs to go.

 

  1. 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 clerk waited until the armed robber looked away to get ahead of him in the fight and draw his gun. That was a phenomenal job!

 

  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 or as against this armed robber a coworker), 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. I am not faulting the clerk for missing (misses happen), but want us all to recognize that he got lucky the armed robber missed too. Train like the guy you need to shoot is capable of killing you.

 

  1. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. This armed robber didn’t stand still, and neither did the clerk! 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.

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Had the clerk needed to go to the back room to get the gun, the armed robber probably would have seen him and kept the initiative. Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. This clerk had his gun on him, and that was an important factor in his success.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Carjacking Victim Shoots Both Carjackers

Have you thought much about how you’d defend yourself against a carjacking? We see enough of them at Active Self Protection to know what is effective and what isn’t. And this? This is effective.

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Original video of the carjacking here: https://get-asp.com/ci3b

 

How do I defend myself against a carjacking?

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk or in the glove box, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. This carjacking would have been VERY different if the victim wasn’t ready with his firearm on his person!

 

  1. One of the principles we talk about regularly at ASP that is apparent in this carjacking is the “Boarding House Rules” which boiled down mean “everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds.” Against multiple attackers who are equal threats, putting a shot on target into each attacker is probably wisest to immediately get the threat to start changing. Once every attacker has been addressed, reassess the existing threat to see who needs more attention and engage. Of course, against unequal threats this isn’t the case, so training is key.

 

  1. In a gunfight like this carjacking, 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.

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. This carjacking victim appears to hit two of his first three on two different targets, which under the stress of your life being in danger is pretty darn good!

 

  1. In the moment of a carjacking, 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 carjacker is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. This victim used obscurity to draw his firearm and engage the carjackers, and his waiting for the opportunity was an important part of winning the fight!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Armed Robber is No Match for Armed Clerk

Do you think it’s wise to try to hold an armed robber? We know the armed robber got away (according to the original post), too. Learning to hone our Active Self Protection from encounters like this is really important.

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Original video of the armed robber getting owned, from the store owner: https://get-asp.com/9jx3

News story…the armed robber actually got away! https://get-asp.com/1bkh

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robber?

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. This armed robber basically let the clerk get his gun because he didn’t REALLY want to use that stick. If he had been determined the clerk might not have fared so well. It’s best to keep your firearm on your person.

 

  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 armed robber flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal.

 

  1. If you have a firearm out, distance is your friend. This clerk closed on the armed robber, which isn’t recommended! 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. 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. The clerk in this video was obviously ready for the armed robber, and that is very wise.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Knife Attack Comes Too Fast for Owner to Use His Gun

Do you have the empty-handed skills to get to your gun? This store owner sure needed them to protect himself from the knife attack in this video, though eventually he is able to get to it and fend the attacker off. This is why we talk about having skills beyond gun skills at Active Self Protection!

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Original video of the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/d037

 

What does this knife attack teach us about self-defense?

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. This knife attack came out of nowhere for sure! 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. 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 your loved ones and 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 knife attack grievously wounded multiple people, and the first guy and the second guy could easily have died.

 

  1. Empty-handed skills are absolutely critical for self-defenders, especially against a knife attack. 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. A knife attack does not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. Instead it is brutal, fast, and mean. Stabbing attacks do not generally come from slashes or from any notice whatsoever, but tend to come from concealment and repeatedly stab at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second. That’s what you have to defend against.

 

  1. First aid skills are important, especially against a knife attack because you WILL be cut. 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 this at a minimum: http://amzn.to/1XTP0kN) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

 

  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. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber! In this knife attack it worked out okay, but he easily could have been injured enough not to be able to use that hand.

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need like this knife attack you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. So keep your force multiplier with you at all times.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Muggers Target Concealed Carrier

How do you think this concealed carrier did? I see some great Active Self Protection and some decisions that make me scratch my head. In the moment that shouldn’t surprise us, but it should make us consider and learn and train!

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video of this concealed carrier in action: https://get-asp.com/iikw

 

What does this concealed carrier teach us about self-defense?

 

  1. 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 concealed carrier was aware of potential threats around him and responded to emerging threats with enough time to stay in control of the encounter because he was aware!

 

  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, and motorcyclists definitely can ambush you on the sidewalk. This concealed carrier knew that and was prepared, which might have saved them a mugging.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. I think this concealed carrier and his lady stayed put for way too long! 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.

 

  1. The rules of firearm safety apply whether you’re training or fighting for your life. One of the most difficult to follow in a real life gunfight is Colonel Cooper’s Rule #4: be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. It is exceedingly difficult to do, but self-defenders must stay aware of what is behind their threat so that they take minimal risks to innocents when defending themselves. This concealed carrier did a good job initially of avoiding his lady with his muzzle, but she was definitely behind the attackers at one point. Watch your backstop, everyone.

 

  1. If you have a spouse or significant other who isn’t a self-defender, it’s very important to teach them what their responsibility is if you ever have to use your firearm to defend you both. The same holds true for children or elderly parents or anyone who you are around a lot who doesn’t practice ASP at all. My wife and kids know that if they see my firearm at all they need to get DOWN and, if possible, get away from me because I am about to draw fire. In the car they know to get low. This concealed carrier had his lady very near the whole time, which could have been bad. Teach your significant other what to do if you draw your gun.

 

  1. If you have a firearm out, distance is your friend. This concealed carrier did very well at keeping distance! 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!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Elderly Store Owner Fights Off Armed Robbers Who Pepper Sprayed Him

Have you ever been pepper sprayed? It’s a ride to hell for a half hour, but this man fights off two armed robbers while fighting off the effects. What a stud! Great Active Self Protection from him, and great lessons for all of us to think about in our own training.

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video of the armed robbers here: https://get-asp.com/0j2y

 

News story from local news here: https://get-asp.com/skg6

 

What do these armed robbers teach us about self-defense?

 

  1. Pepper spray (also called OC or OC spray) can be a very useful defensive tool for non-lethal threats. I carry this one, and it’s nasty stuff: http://amzn.to/20ywVen. It can also be used against you in a fight, so you should know how to defend yourself if you’re sprayed! Take a good course on pepper spray and how to employ it, and as part of that course take a dose yourself so that you know the effect it will have on you and how to fight through it to continue to protect yourself. These armed robbers were expecting the elderly man to wilt when they sprayed him, but he has more grit than that, and kudos to him!

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. These armed robbers certainly did! 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 those populations, be aware that you are at extra risk of attack and prepare accordingly.

 

  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. These armed robbers launched the ambush by posing as customers, so the ambush can come from a lot of ways.

 

  1. To defend against a pepper spray 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. These armed robbers expected the elderly man to be overwhelmed by the pepper spray, but he had the emotional fitness to fight through it and defend himself. 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 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. These armed robbers were a threat for a full five minutes or more.

 

  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! These armed robbers could conceivably overwhelmed their victim when he brought the firearm to contact range.

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Violent Purse Snatching Caught On Camera

Do you carry a purse or bag? If so, recognize that you have to account in your Active Self Protection for the fact that it’s a target for mugging and purse snatching. You must also be able to know how attacks like this happen so that you can defend yourself!

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video of the purse snatching from LAPD: https://get-asp.com/7kk5

 

More thoughts on this purse snatching and lessons learned from Greg Ellifritz: https://get-asp.com/blu1

 

How do I protect myself from purse snatching?

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target for something like a purse snatching (or any violence, really). 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 you must train in self-defense and carry the most effective tools possible to even the odds against bigger, stronger, faster attackers.

 

  1. 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. At the beginning of this purse snatching the woman has a split second of notice where she senses the attack coming, and that gave her a moment to prepare. The more time you have to prepare, the better your odds of coming out ahead.

 

  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. This purse snatching happened in a place where the mugger could easily ambush and easily escape. When you’re walking down the sidewalk, just be aware that you’re in a transitional space and stay alert accordingly! (that means no mobile surfing!)

 

  1. To defend against a purse snatching 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. Being shaken like a rag doll is very disorienting, so having emotional fitness helps you stay in the fight.

 

  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 as it did in this purse snatching! 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!

 

  1. On body carry is the preferred method of keeping your force multipliers, whether a firearm or another tool. Purse carry is shown repeatedly to be less effective at retention, less effective at draw and accuracy, and much more likely to be a target in an attack. (for more on purse carry, read this: https://get-asp.com/s0gk )

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Armed Guard Stops Rampaging Terrorist

A rampaging terrorist like this does not stop because people reason with him. He stops because good people force him to stop by the effective use of force. At Active Self Protection we salute the actions of this armed guard who saved many more people from their deaths.

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video of this armed guard from Israeli news: https://get-asp.com/tgip

 

News story with more on this terrorist being stopped, and video from another angle: https://get-asp.com/8oh2

 

What does this terrorist teach self-defenders about protecting themselves?

 

  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 like a terrorist change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can.

 

  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. The terrorist didn’t choose his victims based on their affront to him, but simply based on their religion and ethnicity. You can be targeted as well, so be ready.

 

  1. 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. None of the people killed by this terrorist thought this would be their last day, but it was. Be at peace with your loved ones and God.

 

  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. Any area with a terrorist killing people is a danger zone, so run!

 

  1. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. This terrorist was shot multiple times and kept getting up; that is reality.

 

  1. The rules of firearm safety apply whether you’re training or fighting for your life. One of the most difficult to follow in a real life gunfight is Colonel Cooper’s Rule #4: be sure of your target and what lies beyond it. It is exceedingly difficult to do, but self-defenders must stay aware of what is behind their threat so that they take minimal risks to innocents when defending themselves. The armed guard moved around the terrorist until he had a good backstop to shoot from, and that is very wise.

 

  1. Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) This terrorist took at least 5 rounds to stop, and I would think that most trained people would have put another 5 or 6 in him as quickly as possible as well.

 

  1. Our goal as self-defenders is to stop the threat. We are not vigilantes and we are not out to kill, we seek to stop the threat against us. Shooting to wound will not stop the threat reliably, and neither will shooting an attacker in an extremity. The only reliably means to stop an aggressor who means us death or grievous bodily harm is to put shots in the center of their available mass to cause nervous system collapse or bleeding out. (exsanguination is the technical term) This armed guard did a good job of shooting the terrorist until the threat stopped, and also of staying aware for the threat to return!

 

  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 this at a minimum: https://get-asp.com/IPOK) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This terrorist killed two people instantly, but others clearly needed medical attention quickly as well. Be ready to give it.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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

Carjackers Eat Lead For Their Efforts

I love it when carjackers get what is coming to them, don’t you? It’s not that we relish gunfights at Active Self Protection, but when stupid actions have consequences it teaches other carjackers to think twice before trying to hurt innocent people!

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video of the carjackers with some details (and audio in Portuguese): http://get-asp.com/8tqk

 

How do I protect myself from carjackers?

 

  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. Your car is always a transitional space unless you park in a closed, secure garage, because parking lots are definitely places where ambushes are easier and they provide easy escape for carjackers as well.

 

  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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These carjackers hid behind the other cars until the moment they were ready to strike, but because the ROTA officer was ready to protect himself and his girlfriend he survived the ambush.

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and carjackers, so keep it locked for your safety!

 

  1. 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. In this instance, the carjackers were a threat to both the officer and his girlfriend, so this is certainly defending people!

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Two of these carjackers apparently died at the scene, so this officer put shots on target!

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. These carjackers were on this couple in under a second, and that left no time to fumble in the glove box for his firearm. The best way to protect yourself in these situations is to keep your firearm on your person at all times!

 

  1. If you have a spouse or significant other who isn’t a self-defender, it’s very important to teach them what their responsibility is if you ever have to use your firearm to defend you both. The same holds true for children or elderly parents or anyone who you are around a lot who doesn’t practice ASP at all. My wife and kids know that if they see my firearm at all they need to get DOWN and, if possible, get away from me because I am about to draw fire. In the car they know to get low. These carjackers were on this couple so fast that there was probably no time to communicate, so she needed to know in advance how to react so as not to make it harder for him to protect them.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Carjacking Turns Into Gunfight

A carjacking is a deadly force encounter, every time. We all need our Active Self Protection ready in the moment as we decide whether and when to protect ourselves! Would you have just let the car go in that moment?

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How do I protect myself from a carjacking?

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and any potential carjacking, so keep it locked for your safety! Only unlock the door when it’s time for you to get out of the car. Otherwise let the door act as a barrier between you and carjackers.

 

  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. Driveways are transitional spaces because we’re often preoccupied and spend time with our attention diverted, giving attackers the chance to spring a carjacking on us. When you’re in your driveway, take a quick look around! Better yet, pull the car into the garage if you have one before getting out!

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.

 

  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. In this carjacking, the victim put himself back into the danger zone by firing on the carjackers after they were leaving. I don’t recommend that at all.

 

  1. 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. In this carjacking the victim put himself at deadly risk again by firing on the carjackers, which is of course best avoided!

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk or in the glove compartment, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. This man had no time in the carjacking to protect himself with anything that wasn’t on his person!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)