Have you taught your teens how to protect themselves from home invaders with the firearms in your home? This teenaged girl could have used some better Active Self Protection lessons from mom and dad to keep her safe. Teach your kids, everyone!
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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/75ib (Google Translate from Afrikaans required)
How do I protect my family from home invaders?
- 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. Home invaders pick whichever house they think is easy to steal from or has something they want, so yours might be it.
- If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! This girl didn’t really run FROM the home invaders, but rather TO the safety of the inside of her house. She locked the doors as well, and that was good stuff.
- 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. This girl probably shouldn’t have come out of the house to begin with, shotgun or no. There were no people out there to protect, just property, and she wasn’t equipped to confront the danger that was out there. These home invaders could easily have killed her if they had the desire to. Therefore, teach your kids to batten down the hatches, arm up, call the cavalry, and don’t go exploring. (there’s something here about teenagers watching enough horror movies not to go wandering around in the dark, too, because that’s where you get murdered with a hatchet)
- 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) Here we see 2 or 3 home invaders, and that’s not the kind of situation I want a shotgun with 5 or 6 rounds for.
- 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 home invaders weren’t going to be stopped by police, because police couldn’t get there in time.
- 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. This teen had a shotgun, but it didn’t look to me like she was particularly ready to use it if she had actually seen these home invaders. She did some good things like staying at distance to the door and running for safety when she got spooked.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)