Month: January 2019
We do not know when danger will intrude into our lives, nor do we know where it will appear or what type of threat we may face. Common sense tells us certain areas of town should be avoided. Even places normally safe and peaceful during the day can be dangerous at night. Consider the following scenario: You’re sitting in your favorite sandwich shop waiting on the best meatloaf sandwich you have ever eaten, and a bowl of delicious corn chowder soup. It’s not very busy in the shop with only 2 other patrons at present. A typical day in Claremore, USA.
Suddenly the entry door swings wide open and wild-eyed 30 year old man with a pump shotgun rushes to the counter and screams for the cash. Everyone seems paralyzed by the violent invasion. The man behind the counter moves slowly and apparently exchanges words with the intruder. Perhaps he was on drugs, or one of the many mentally unhinged. Whatever his mentality or motivation, he was attempting a robbery and endangering lives. He fired one shot in the direction of the employee and missed. As he ejected the spent shell and chambered another cartridge, I noticed another man in the shop stand and draw a concealed handgun. The invader saw this as well and turned his shotgun on the armed customer. The customer re-positioned himself to establish a safe backstop and without hesitation he fired three shots. Two struck the robber in the chest, one in the head. Obviously this guy had been well trained. The ill-prepared robber hit the floor like a five pound sack of potatoes, he did not move again.
What is the take away from this? One, we have to believe there are people in our midst who will perpetrate acts of evil. We cannot think these things just happen to other people in other places. It can happen to you, and recent news shows it can happen anyplace. Two, you have to be physically and mentally prepared to defend yourself and other innocent people. You need to be in good physical condition, and you have to have the mental strength to act when it is demanded. Like this scenario, it can be quite unpleasant, but then, you did not start it did you? It’s a nasty business someone has forced you into. Three, obtain the proper training and then practice. Know how to stop the threat as quickly as possible. The customer used a technique that put maximum shock on the assailant immediately. Two shots to the chest and one to the head delivers that shock, it’s a drill that should be practiced at the range frequently. Finally, have access to competent criminal attorney representation. Even when you have done the right thing, things can go sideways and you may need a good lawyer. Be trained, be capable, be prepared, have competent legal resources.