Repetitive Public Service Announcement: Having a gun is not enough . . .
It’s the R&D guy here (Chris) . . . I’m the one who doesn’t post as much.
Last night a market / beer shop owner that I used to see on a semi regular basis was murdered. He was a heck of a nice guy, knew his beers very well, would take the time to talk to his customers. I’m learning this morning that I work with people that knew this guy – he was that kind of personality. What a shame. During the robbery, the store owner was able to get his gun out and exchange fire with the criminal (and wounded the criminal). He went down fighting. Thankfully, the police now have a blood trail to follow the bad guy. Other than the fact that he (the store owner) was reacting to an ambush, there aren’t very many details available yet. If the bad guy is still alive, maybe he’s holed up somewhere slowly bleeding out and going septic from a gut shot. One can only hope.
The sobering reality for me and people in my community is that the party shop owner was right next door to the diner that I take my family on the weekend, and right next door to the place where my precious cargo gets their hair cut. Generally it’s a peaceful area. But you just never know . . . .
Ironically, at my real job, I have to follow up on projects that are in some really nasty “hoods”. And without drawing attention to yourself, you keep your head on a swivel for real. Seriously, it’s that kind of an area. But then stuff like this happens right around the corner in a seemingly nice area. And it’s a reminder that the people of my metro area are actually seeing is criminals moving out of the city and into the ‘burbs. There’s not much left to rape and pillage in the city. So welcome to the new “hood”. It’s right around the corner from your family’s house. I’m guessing my area is not the only one in the country that’s seeing this spread of criminals from the urban areas to the suburban areas. The time to learn to fight is not after stuff gets real. Being on the wrong end of a gun is not a good place to be, but looking down the barrel of a gun with very few options other than “Gee I hope this guy doesn’t pull the trigger” is a much, much worse predicament. It sucks. At least the store owner had the awareness and ability to fight back.
It’s a good reminder that the mere possession of a gun is not enough. It’s a reminder to get into the training area, practice fighting to the draw, and drawing to fight with the pistol. (Craig Douglas’s (www.southnarc.com) name is synonymous with that kind of training). I know I incorporated ECQC into my personal training routine long ago, and into our self-defense program as well. If you get a chance, go train with him or someone like Paul Sharp (www.sharpdefense.me) . We are adding our program (Finish It Now –Self Defense System) to our online classroom to augment training needs (nothing trumps live instructor training though). We also run courses on combatives from time to time as there is interest, but usually as a broken out class in our Train the Trainer course. If you haven’t before and haven’t in a while, get back into training combatives and realistic pistol use (for contact range).
Our approach is to develop the complete Self-Defense Fighter. There are guys who can fight like no tomorrow on their back. There are guys that can get a pistol on target and fire shots in fractions of a second. I want to be ALL of those guys. The trick is balancing the efforts appropriately. We train in the following areas:
Combat Mindset (This is one of the best articulations of combat mindset I’ve read)
Fighting Attributes (developed through LOTS of practice – timing, speed, combinations, command of range, etc)
Stand-Up Fighting, including developing a great clinch fighting ability
Ground Defense (how to survive on the ground and get back to your feet)
Edged Weapons defense (stuff that actually works when you go full force)
The Fighting Pistol – Drawing to Fight and Fighting to the Draw
The good news is that this kind of training doesn’t have to be complicated. Good instruction in proven methods is a must. The dedication to training it over and over and over is the biggest hurdle for people. Getting over that hurdle sure beats the hell out of “damn I wish I had trained more”. We cannot choose the moment when bad guys come to take our life, but we can choose how we react.
And to the criminals and marauders out there: As Edmond Dantes said to Albert Mondego in the “Count of Monte Cristo” – “ Do your worst . . . For I shall do mine”.
Thanks for taking the time to read.