The Rules Of Stupid Keep You Safe

There isn’t really a good guy in this video, but even with the Rules of Stupid in place there are Active Self Protection lessons to learn here. Make sure to read the news link in the description to get the back story!

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Original video of the Rules of Stupid in action:


News story with details of the incident (Google Translate from Portuguese required):


There are more lessons here AFTER the Rules of Stupid, too!


  1. 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 of the Rules of Stupid, but two or more really increase the odds of bad things happening. So here’s the skinny on this situation: sleeping with someone else’s spouse is bad…Mmmkay? He didn’t deserve to be murdered for it, but it’s still not okay.


Now, apart from the lead-up and reasons for this, let’s analyze the rest from the perspective of someone who has someone trying to kill them, shall we? We all follow the Rules of Stupid, but we can have a stalker or someone with an axe to grind as well.


  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 a transitional space, particularly when you are getting in and out as well as at stops. A moving car isn’t a transitional space, but a stopped car is. So pay attention to what’s going on around you!


  1. Situational awareness is your best friend, and that is so true in the car. 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. You should know who is around you and if someone is following you in your car. Use your mirrors!


  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) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.


  1. In a real gunfight, the chance of needing to shoot from an unconventional position is fairly high. Some gunfights happen at greater than two arms-length distance, where stance and press out matter. But many more happen at “bad breath” distances and from compromised shooting posture, whether a poor body position, or having the firearm in a grip or position that is less than ideal. Learning how to put shots on target from awkward and unconventional shooting positions is a very useful skill for the real world, indeed.


  1. You must know what parts of your car offer cover, and what parts of your car are only concealment. Car doors and windows are no help against bullets, friends. They are concealment. The engine block provides cover, as do steel wheels and the transmission and axles. If you have to use your car to protect yourself from incoming fire, movement is your best friend and you must be ready to shoot from unconventional positions. Taking a course on using a handgun in a vehicle is much advised.


  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.


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at


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