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Brave Bystander Uses Environmental Tools to Stop Deranged Man

This comes from Australia, where good people are prevented from using effective tools like firearms to protect themselves. Didn’t matter to this brave bystander! “I am the weapon, all else are just tools.”

 

 

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News story with more from this bystander in the news video: https://get-asp.com/7b6y

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves with environmental tools or otherwise?

 

  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 bystander here and the driver of the black car were both of the mindset that bad things COULD happen; we know, because they took action!

 

  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! Just because the man trying to light the gas pump on fire wasn’t evil doesn’t mean he wasn’t a threat to the bystander and everyone else.
  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 bystander here didn’t wait until he was staring at a flame thrower to act!

 

  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) Here the bystander had a proportional response to the threat!

 

  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! This bystander had a moment to think, and then he had to ACT!

 

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)

 

 

 

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Officer Shoots Drunk Man Threatening People with a Gun on College Campus

Officer Shoots Drunk Man Threatening People with a Gun on College Campus

This officer-involved shooting teaches all of us some significant lessons about using cover and concealment, as well as stopping the threat! The officer had enough Active Self Protection to win the day, and kudos to him!

 

 

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News story with more details on the officer and the perp: https://get-asp.com/mmh0

 

What does this video teach LE and CCW alike about the realities of a gunfight?

 

  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! The officer can clearly hear this man calling out to people and sounding drunk (click through to the news story to watch the original video…it’s about 13 minutes long).
  2. Part of your training must be knowing when to use verbal commands, and when to abandon verbal commands and move to physical or deadly force. Many times self-defenders (and LEO) get caught in a loop of issuing the same command repeatedly to no effect. Using verbal commands is an important part of your force options training, and part of that training in verbal commands is knowing when to talk and when to stop talking and act. The officer did a fine job here of knowing when to talk and when to shoot.
  3. In your follow-up, if you have to stay in the vicinity of a downed attacker, don’t leave their tool near them if you possibly can help it. Always think of your safety first, and getting as far away as possible is always preferred for CCW, but if you have to stay in the vicinity for whatever reason, get the force multiplier away from the attacker you just stopped if you can. If you had to shoot them, the shock might wear off after a time, and if they’ve lost blood they can recover consciousness while on the ground and continue to present a threat. So if you can’t get significant distance and get out of contact to the threat, get the tool away. The officer has to close the distance and take the suspect into custody, so that was his first priority when he had to close.

 

  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. The officer here fell back to his training and that training made sure that the threat ended quickly!

 

  1. It is very, very common to “crowd” cover and concealment and get as close to it as possible, but this isn’t the best way. Use cover wisely by staying as far back from it as you reasonably can! Maintaining distance from cover gives the advantages of better vision, better mobility, better angles of sight, and less chance of being hit with ricochet or spall from incoming fire. Don’t crowd cover! The officer did a fine job of ending the fight, but he DID crowd his cover and that’s a lesson I think we all can learn from this video. He had space to work from further back in this scenario, and I would recommend we all do!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, 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)

 

 

 

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Officer Shoots Suspect Who Pulls Gun on Him

Officer Shoots Suspect Who Pulls Gun on Him

Pull a gun on an officer, and you shouldn’t expect it to end well. This officer stayed in the fight and practiced good Active Self Protection!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this officer involved shooting? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original surveillance video is available to members of our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story with more on the suspect and the officer: https://get-asp.com/aovu

 

More from the Travis County Grand Jury on the officer: https://get-asp.com/2yjn he was ruled justified in his actions

 

What does this video teach LEO and CCW about defending ourselves against an armed attacker?

 

  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. This officer certainly knew he had trouble brewing, but there was no way for him to know that the guy had evil intent enough to shoot him.
  2. 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! The officer continually wanted to see the suspect’s hands, and the concierge saw the gun because he was looking at his hands. Watch the hands!!
  3. Part of your training must be knowing when to use verbal commands, and when to abandon verbal commands and move to physical or deadly force. Many times self-defenders (and LEO) get caught in a loop of issuing the same command repeatedly to no effect. Using verbal commands is an important part of your force options training, and part of that training in verbal commands is knowing when to talk and when to stop talking and act. This officer knew when to abandon the verbal commands!

 

  1. Private citizens must consider when and how to step in to help LEO who are struggling with a suspect. I think that it is a morally good thing to step in if possible, because ending the physical conflict helps the officer AND the suspect not to get hurt. (the suspect isn’t getting away…and if he does, he’s going to be in REAL danger when they catch up to him next) If you choose to step in to help an officer, please be sure to (1) announce yourself; (2) ask the officer if they want help (“Officer, do you need help? I can help you if you want me to!”); (3) communicate with the officer what you see and what you’re doing (“I have this arm,” “I have his legs pinned,” etc.); (4) if they want you help, GO AFTER IT rather than being timid. Stop the conflict, help the officer, and end the fight.

 

  1. The root word of gunfight is “fight,” not “gun.” Whether you carry a firearm or not, recognize that you need to know how to fight and protect yourself against an attacker! Even if you do carry a firearm, you need empty-handed skills to be able to fight your way to your gun or defend yourself before you get the opportunity to draw. To think otherwise is madness. This suspect had a significant will to get away, and because he was able to get his hand free he was able to shoot this officer. Thankfully, he made a full recovery.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, 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)

 

 

 

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Police Raid Leads to Gun Fight

Police Raid Leads to Gun Fight

The job of a police officer is no joke; when dealing with a deranged man with a gun like this, it’s even harder. This has lots of lessons for CCW and LEO alike for our Active Self Protection!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this police involved gun fight? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

News story from local news on the police involved gun fight: https://get-asp.com/dl74

 

Update on the police officer who was shot: https://get-asp.com/tpkv

 

Analysis from Blue Lives Matter on the gun fight: https://get-asp.com/89rp

 

What does this badge cam video teach us about the realities of using a gun in a deadly force encounter, whether you’re police or CCW?

 

  1. Having a light mounted on your gun 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 every day carry gun 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. These police officers ALL needed white light on their gun to illuminate a threat, even in the daytime. That’s a great reason to always have a light on you!
  2. 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! The police here were serving a warrant for a stolen gun, but the man clearly wanted to commit suicide by cop and that’s why he brought a gun to the door.
  3. Part of your training must be knowing when to use verbal commands, and when to abandon verbal commands and move to physical or deadly force. Many times self-defenders (and LEO) get caught in a loop of issuing the same command repeatedly to no effect. Using verbal commands is an important part of your force options training, and part of that training in verbal commands is knowing when to talk and when to stop talking and act. The officer in the badge cam here knew that they had to do something else to get the gun away from this man, and so he went for the TASER.
  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself with a gun or knife or what have you, 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. Notice that every police officer had a first aid kit on his vest in this video!
  1. Your reaction speed will not be faster than .2-.25 seconds from stimulus, at the very fastest. Therefore, if you’re facing someone with a gun, recognize that even if their gun is at their side, they can raise and fire it before you can react to their action and shoot them! This is an important consideration for firearms carriers, and the principle is a simple one: action beats reaction. When facing an attacker, recognize that you will not be able to react in time to stop them from shooting you if they have a gun in their hand and choose to use it. The police officers were on their sights and triggers, and this guy got two shots out of his gun before they stopped him!

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, 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)

 

 

 

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Man Caught on Camera Pulling Gun on Two Cops

Man Caught on Camera Pulling Gun on Two Cops

If you pull a gun on two cops doing their job, you shouldn’t expect anything but what we see here. The officers practiced pretty good Active Self Protection in the moment!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this man pulling a gun? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

News story from local news on the man who pulled the gun and the cops who stopped him: https://get-asp.com/he4y

 

What does this dash cam video teach us about the realities of using a gun in a deadly force encounter?

 

  1. Having a light mounted on your gun 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 every day carry gun 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.
  2. Many times an attacker like this guy who pulled a gun will give pre-attack cues during the “warmup” phase of an attack that defenders can use to anticipate what is coming. One of the most common is looking around, either for witnesses or for escape routes. If you’re interviewing/being interviewed, and in your talk notice someone who exhibits other danger signs looking left and right away from you, consider that a significant clue that something is wrong and place yourself in the best possible place to avert or deal with the potential attack.
  3. 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! There was a big red flag for these cops that the man kept his arms up in a “ready” position, though it’s a subtle clue.

 

  1. Keep your gun 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 gun, 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! I am very grateful that this man did not have his gun ready to fire, because it gave the cops time to get their guns in the fight! But learn the lesson in reverse from the perp here, and keep your gun ready to fire.

 

  1. In a gun fight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw your gun and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gun fight 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.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, 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)

 

 

 

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Argument Escalates into Fight with Machetes

Argument Escalates Into Fight with Machetes

Machetes are no joke to defend yourself against; the best course is not to get into a fight with someone wielding one!

 

 

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Original video of the armed machetes being used is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

What does this surveillance video teach us about defending ourselves against attackers armed with machetes?

 

  1. If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. You win that fight by minimizing your potential for being attacked in the first place! That means making smart decisions and living a life of awareness and readiness so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. You don’t get attacked with machetes much when you’re not around people openly carrying them and willing to hack people with them. I have a rule: unless we’re in a farm setting, if I see people carrying machetes around, I leave.
  2. I think that the Rules of Stupid come into play here. The Rules of Stupid state that you should never (1) go to Stupid places, (2) with Stupid people, (3) at Stupid times, and (4) do Stupid things. You can usually get away with breaking one Rule of Stupid, but two or more really increase the odds of bad things happening. I think a MINIMUM of two Rules of Stupid were broken here. (2) was broken (you’re around angry people who have multiple machetes in plain view), and (4) was broken because the guy decided to escalate the conflict from verbal to physical.
  3. 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. If the guy in white hadn’t escalated the conflict, there’s no telling if the machetes would ever have come into play!

 

  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. Here the physical push doesn’t justify the use of machetes, but from a moral and legal standpoint he jeopardized his standing as a moral self-defender by escalating the conflict!

 

  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. I also think that if you are at peace with God you minimize your chance of escalating a conflict and being attacked with machetes, which adds to the points above.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, 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)

 

 

 

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Off Duty Cop Sets Effective Counter-Ambush for Armed Robber

Off Duty Cop Sets Effective Counter-Ambush for Armed Robber

You must have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robber; this off duty cop certainly had good Active Self Protection!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this armed robber? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the armed robber is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

Some details on the armed robber available here: https://get-asp.com/ps9g

 

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

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an armed robber, 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 robber, 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.
  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. Thankfully these off duty cops were there to stop the armed robber and his accomplice!
  3. 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) It is completely reasonable against an armed robber to defend yourself with deadly force, because they represent a deadly threat. With multiple armed robbers, each one is an armed robber and can be dealt with accordingly, as long as they continue to work in active tandem.

 

  1. Feigning compliance can be an excellent strategy againt an armed robber to buy you time to find your opportunity to defend yourself. The hands-up, palms-out posture tells the armed robber that you’re compliant, and might give you the opportunity to defend yourself when they stop focusing on you.

 

  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 almost any armed robber. 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.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, 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)

 

 

 

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Ambush Knife Attack Caught on Camera

Ambush Knife Attack Caught on Camera

This knife attack happens in a flash, so the honest question for us all is this: is your Active Self Protection up to the task of not being a victim here?

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this knife attack? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the knife attack is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story of the details of the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/iett (it shows the knife used as well…looks like a kitchen boning knife to me)

 

What does this soldier teach us about defending ourselves against a knife 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. This knife attack wasn’t going to stop because others were around; he was intent on killing this soldier for a complex set of ideological and racial and religious and historical reasons. The soldier couldn’t have done anything to stop this knife attack from happening; he could only protect himself from it.
  2. 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. I don’t know what this soldier could have done before the knife attack started, but if since he was aware, he was able to react very quickly when it did.
  3. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This knife attack shows us predatorial violence, in that he gave the soldier no chance to avoid the attack.

 

  1. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker. Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets, which is common in a knife attack. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety.

 

  1. A knife attack does not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are 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. Thankfully the attacker here had a lot of threats around to his efforts so he wasn’t able to focus on the soldier he first attacked.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this knife attack, 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)

 

 

 

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Suspect Disarms Officer, Shoots Bystander

Suspect Disarms Officer, Shoots Bystander

This officer made some critical mistakes, and points us toward considering equipment and skills as both essential elements of our Active Self Protection!

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this officer being disarmed? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the suspect disarming the officer is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story of the suspect taking the gun from the officer, with details: https://get-asp.com/82yo

 

What does this officer teach us about defending ourselves against a gun grab?

 

  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! The suspect here is a known problem and known to be unstable, and that might have colored the issue of the officer letting him in close like that.
  2. If your awareness is solid, you should get plenty of pre-attack cues from a robber or other attacker like this suspect. The officer had cues if he was looking! If you’re paying attention to your surroundings and the people in your vicinity it becomes a lot easier to see who is out of place! Look for people lurking and not doing what everyone else is doing, or covering their face or head when that’s not necessary (like inside or when it’s warm out). Watch for furtive glances which are an indicator that they are looking for potential witnesses to their actions. Check hands as well to see if they have anything in them or are hiding unnaturally in pockets. If you see a pattern that makes you uncomfortable, move from condition yellow to condition orange and take action to investigate or move to safety.
  3. 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! The suspect leads with his hands.

 

  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. This suspect shows that clearly from the moment he takes the gun from the officer.

 

  1. Firearm retention is an important skill to have as a self-defender. In a real-life defensive encounter it is quite possible for an attacker to have the opportunity to try to take your firearm from you, so training in firearm retention is critical for every firearm carrier. (even CCW holders) If you are open carrying your firearm, I can’t say enough that I recommend a holster with active retention and a passive release (http://amzn.to/1n684Pu is the only one I recommend). But having a retention holster does NOT mean you can ignore good training on keeping your firearm from being taken.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this armed robber, 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)

 

 

 

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Concealed Carrier THOUGHT He Stopped the Threat

Concealed Carrier THOUGHT He Stopped the Threat

We always say that our goal at Active Self Protection is to stop the threat. We have a right to stop the threat against us, and this video shows us why we need to make sure the threat is stopped!

 

UPDATE: The man in the white shirt was the head of Interpol in this region, and died of the wounds he received (Google Translate from Spanish required): https://get-asp.com/5uhj 

 

 

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this concealed carrier? https://get-asp.com/patron gives the details.

 

Original video of the threat is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

Some scant details on the concealed carrier: https://get-asp.com/xvcq

 

What does this concealed carrier teach us about defending ourselves against a threat?

 

  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 armed robbers used the transitional space to ambush the customers, and that put the concealed carrier on the defensive.
  2. 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 concealed carrier used feigned compliance to get the threat to ignore him; that was a great strategy.
  3. 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!

 

  1. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! The threat here was significant, and the concealed carrier really needed a good number of skills to handle it. Multiple attackers multiply your defensive needs!

 

  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 concealed carrier seems to fall into the trap that a single shot will always incapacitate, and so he transitioned to additional threats without assessing whether the immediate threat was neutralized. That was a big mistake.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this armed robber, 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.