This CCW carrier had a big problem and a fairly narrow window to act, but he did well and ended the threat this robber posed! This is why thinking through your Active Self Protection is so important in advance, so you know when to act!
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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a robber?
- We see armed robbers use fake guns pretty regularly when trying to rob a store, but in the moment of action there’s no way to tell whether the gun is a realistic-looking replica or real. Neither is a CCW holder responsible to know whether the gun is real, fake, empty, etc. If a robber is using a gun to threaten or intimidate, it is reasonable to use deadly force to stop that subjectively perceived deadly threat because there is objective evidence that the threat exists. If the threat turns out to be false later, that doesn’t negate the justification of the defense.
- Successful self-defense against many attacks involves a counter-ambush, where the victim finds the right opportunity to seize the initiative from the attacker and launch an ambush of their own. That involves thinking and knowing your own strengths and skill set, and being ready to strike the attacker when your opportunity for counter-ambush comes. It also means not allowing the attacker to see that attack until it’s launched.
- In the moment an armed robber attacks you, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the armed robber is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself.
- Against multiple attackers every self-defender must know and train and practice that it’s death to focus on one too much. When every attacker is an equal threat, we practice the “Boarding House Rules” that everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. If possible, stack the attackers one behind the other rather than getting between them, because if you get between them then one will have your back. It’s better if possible to work to the outside of the group and keep one between you and the others. When they’re not equal threats (like a gun man/grab man combination), the key is to be able to address the bigger threat until it’s no longer the bigger threat and then transition to whatever the biggest threat is.
- Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Usually the first person to put shots on target wins the gunfight. (not always, but usually) So putting the first shot on target every time and quickly is imperative.
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