I found the news story after narrating; it’s below, and this was indeed a knife attack. This is EXACTLY how I would like every knife attack to go, so make sure your Active Self Protection includes proper tools if possible!
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Original video of the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/0vkd
More information on the incident: https://get-asp.com/3ttq
How do I protect myself against a knife attack??
- 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 car or in a bag, 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 men had only a split second before the knife attack turned bloody for them, but because they had their firearm on their person and ready to go they were able to stop the attack.
- Our goal as self-defenders is to stop the threat, and when this knife attack was no longer a threat the officers stopped shooting. 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)
- Situational awareness is your best friend against a knife attack or any other attack. 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. Use your ears as well as your eyes!
- 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 a knife attack 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!
- In a deadly force encounter, 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. This knife attack, even though almost stationary, still shows the victims moving and shooting, which is a good reminder.
- It is very easy in a deadly force encounter to get tunnel vision and forget that there might be additional threats nearby. That can be a deadly mistake to make! Make sure to break that focus on the immediate threat once it’s been sufficiently stopped and scan and assess for any trailing accomplices or additional threats that might be coming your way.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)