Would you have shot these kids if it were you? You might not have much time to decide in the moment what to do in a knife attack! Your Active Self Protection needs to be ready for the emotional damage an 11-year-old attacking you with a knife can bring, too.
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Original video of the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/felo
News story on the aftermath of the knife attack: https://get-asp.com/98×0
Why are empty-handed skills so important for firearms users?
- Everyone likes to say, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” But it’s equally true that you can’t bring a GUN to a knife fight! This attack shows that you have to win the knife fight before your firearm can come into play effectively. Trying to draw a firearm when someone is stabbing you with a knife is a great way to die, so work on your empty-handed skills to win the fight you’re in so that you can earn the right to draw your firearm and end the fight. The attack had to be countered to give the security guard time to draw his gun.
- Knife attacks do 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.
- 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!
- 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. This guard was stabbed several times, and having an IFAK handy to stop bleeding until the ambulance could arrive would have been very helpful.
- While we know that shooting with both hands on the gun is best for recoil control and putting fast, accurate shots on target, we also know that it’s not always possible to do. We must train and prepare to use our firearm with both our gun hand and our guard hand in case of injury or incapacitation.
- 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 bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal. Here the security guard had to shoot the first terrorist, but the second one surrendered his knife and so the guard didn’t shoot him. Well done.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.