Where did your danger alarm start going off in this ambush? An ambush like this is almost certainly preventable, friends. Practicing Active Self Protection probably prevents the ambush to begin with, or win it if you have to!
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Original video of the ambush: https://get-asp.com/lo77
News story of the ambush with details: https://get-asp.com/lkvw
UPDATE: More information on the attackers: https://get-asp.com/kkm3
How do I protect myself from ambush and mugging?
- 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. I am not blaming the ambush on the victim, but I am saying that we all should learn to make risk assessments of our choices to make sure that we are being wise with our decisions and making good choices.
- Most attacks are perpetrated by men (source: http://get-asp.com/821s for that) but that doesn’t mean that women are always safe or won’t ambush a man. It does mean that statistically women are much less of a threat than men for violence. However, each person is an individual, and each individual must be considered for their unique threat profile rather than lumped into a category. Just because women are less likely to commit violent crime doesn’t mean that they are unlikely in a given instance to commit violent crime.
- I think that the Rules of Stupid likely come into play in this ambush. 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. It is highly likely that 6AM on a Saturday in the French Quarter is really, really late on Friday night. If so, that’s one Stupid. He appears to be intoxicated in public (or really bad at fighting), and if so that’s two. Following two people you don’t know to what looks like an alley appears to be three at least, if not four. Follow the Rules!
- In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This victim didn’t survive the ambush meaningfully, though he did continue to put up some resistance for some time. The farther away you can see the ambush coming, the better chance you can successfully defend against it!
- The Bystander Effect is real, as this ambush shows. The bystander in this video walks on by without even really considering stepping in. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times.
- 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 the ambush 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.
- 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! They were both part of the ambush here, so knowing how multiple attackers work is an important part of covering your ASP.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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