“Manjeet Sidhu knew it was bad when the man pressing the sawed-off shotgun to the back of his head shoved him through the open front door and into the house where he was delivering a pizza,” cbc.com reports with world-class understatement. “Two women were in the house. They had rope and wanted to tie him up. Sidhu said there was no way that he was going to sit down and get tied up. So, he dropped the pizza box and went for the shotgun.” Right answer! Result?
The men grappled face to face, both with two hands on the shotgun, at one point the .410 blasting a load into the ceiling. Sidhu said he was holding his own — until someone got their arm around his neck and allegedly started to choke him out.
He recalled going down, sliding into unconsciousness, believing that he was dying.
“I think I’m dead,” he said.
“But I think God help me and, after that, opened my eyes.”
Sidhu said he opened his eyes to find the man allegedly pointing the shotgun at him. Again, he said he managed to get his hands on the weapon and the fight continued.
This time, he managed to get a hand on the inside doorknob. He opened the door a crack, still holding off the shotgun with one hand.
“The girl crying don’t shoot, don’t shoot, don’t shoot,” he said.
Sidhu managed to get out the front door and said he ran onto Taylor Street screaming for help. He managed to flag down a passing police officer.
Arrests followed . . .
If and when your life is in danger, when you face an imminent, credible threat of grievous bodily harm or death, your survival depends on understanding a simple paradigm: you are in a fight with a gun, not a gunfight.
In other words, a gun is no more or less than a tool you use to fight for your life. It shouldn’t be your central focus. Your central focus must be escaping or eliminating the threat. You must do anything and everything you can to achieve that goal.
That’s no easy task.
First, you have to overcome a natural tendency to fall into a state of denial. No, not California. The little voice inside your head that says “this isn’t happening. If I do what he says, I’ll be OK.” Wrong. It is happening and there’s no guarantee that compliance will stop an attack from going from bad to fatal.
Never mind all that talk about bad guys/spree killers being cowards who fold at the first sign of serious resistance. You have to assume the bad guy’s ready for a fight to the death. Are you?
Are you mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially prepared/willing to do whatever it takes to survive? And by whatever, I mean whatever. If you can’t bring your gun into play, do something. Something violent. Hit, kick, punch, grab, stab, pound, anything. Maybe all at the same time. If you can get your gun, do so. If you can’t, keep fighting.
Yes, you might get shot, perhaps even with your own gun. Yes, you might get stabbed. Or beaten to death. Or raped or tortured and then shot, stabbed or beaten to death. But that could happen anyway. That’s the reality of a deadly threat. Yes, even a “simple” robbery.
You may have to wait for an opportunity to attack. You may not get an opportunity to attack. But always look for your chance to attack and then fight like hell. No matter what gun you carry, whether its available or not, your combat mindset is your first, best and last weapon. Be prepared to use it.