“The robber entered the Kamakura restaurant [above] around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, stepped to the cash register just inside the door, pulled what appeared to be a revolver from his waistband and demanded cash from the hostess,” chicagotribune.com reports. “‘He just stood there and started asking for money,’ said [ Chef Tetsuji] Miwa, who was only a few yards away from the 17-year-old hostess. ‘I saw her face. She was very scared . . .
“He said, ‘Give me your money. Open the drawer.’ ” Miwa said. “That’s when I instantly grabbed my sushi knife, walked up to him, wrapped my arm around his shoulder and asked him what he wanted. He saw the blade, got scared and started running.”
He and two other workers wrestled him to the ground, with the help of a stool that assistant manager Joe Pendzialek grabbed “and cracked him over the head with it,” he told the newspaper.
The suspect, 23-year-old Clayton Dial of Ogden, Il., was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated robbery, intimidation and aggravated battery.
Result. There’s a simple lesson for self-defense here: use what you’ve got. If you don’t have – or don’t have effective access to – your gun, use something else against your attacker. Get the perp’s muzzle off target by hitting/stabbing/blinding them with an “improvised weapon,” and you might inflict enough force to end the threat. Note: might.
The opposite is also true. If you’re holding a gun against a bad guy, you are in no way safe from an attack. While the amount of danger is distance dependent, a perp can cover an awful lot of ground before you can react (action beats reaction). There are two corollaries to this armed self-defense issue.
First, as you’re [probably] not a cop, you have no obligation to detain or apprehend a bad guy at gunpoint. You may choose to do so, but it might be wise not to. You have to balance the possibility of a return visit by the bad guy and/or harm to others against the possibility of losing your life, and the right-here, right-now potential threat to surrounding innocents. There’s no shame in telling a perp to piss-off.
Second, remember that guns are not death rays. You can shoot someone numerous times with a handgun – any handgun – without eliminating their ability to wound or kill you or others. The bad guy can find an improvised weapon just as easily as you can. Probably more easily; they’re bound to have more experience of close-quarters-combat than you. Again, moving out of range of any attack is a sensible strategy (e.g., into the next county). And always be prepared to re-engage.
In short, the old adage “don’t bring a knife to a gunfight” is good advice. But don’t assume a gun beats a knife. That is all. [h/t VE]