click2houston.com has a video of an armed robbery [click on the link to view]. You see the armed suspect bring the pistol very close to the victim. It’s an opportunity for the victim to successfully attempt to disarm him. The victim uses both hands to grab the pistol to lever it away from the suspect. Eventually, the suspect flees the scene, chased by the now armed victim. From click2houston.com . . .
The man then pulled out a gun and demanded money.
The owner, who asked to be called Enrique, and the man began to struggle, and the man punched Enrique multiple times in the face. The two men wrestled each other to the ground.
There are important lessons here for those who chose to go about armed. If you’re holding someone at gun point, don’t get within arm’s length of them. The minimum acceptable distance: five feet. Don’t push the gun out in front of you within easy grabbing distance of the person you are holding at gunpoint. You’re practically begging them to attempt a disarm. Keep the gun back by your side, if you must be close. Use your off-hand to defend the gun.
If someone attempts to disarm you, shoot them. A person who is attempting to take your gun away is almost always a deadly threat. If the disarm is not serious or plausible, don’t shoot that person. I expect readers know they must be reasonable. A three-year-old who attempts to grab your gun is not someone you should shoot.
If you are being held under threat of gun point, decide if the person is more likely to shoot you or to leave you without harming you, as well as the chances of a successful disarm. It’s a cost – benefit decision. If you attempt a disarm, go all out, fast, hard, ruthless. Your life is in the balance. More defenders appear to have successful disarms than criminals; they have greater incentive.
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