“The decision to charge a 67-year-old jeweler with voluntary homicide after fatally shooting an escaping 19-year-old robber in Nice last week has led to the protest of hundreds,” nydailynews.com reports. Hundreds? Thousands! Tens of thousands! All protesting the French government’s steadfast opposition to armed self-defense for Frenchmen in general and Stephan Turk in specific, in the wake (so to speak) of a spate of high profile jewelry store robberies. The LiveLeak video above shows an example of a low profile robbery at a magasin de bijoux. What interests me here—other than the owners’ brass balls—is the way the mother of the young bystander does rien to protect her progeny from pistol-related perforation . . .
We often discuss the advisability of speed, surprise and violence of action when launching a ballistic counter-attack to a person or persons posing an imminent, credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm. But it’s also true that you may be better off seeking cover, concealment or egress with equal conviction. Or seeking cover, concealment or egress as you’re shooting to stop a threat. You need to do so the same way as you’d attack: with speed, surprise and violence of action.
In other words, hesitation kills.
You don’t want to waste valuable time standing around, hoping you don’t get killed. Or someone you love gets killed. If you’re going to get to cover, GET TO COVER. If you’re going to leave, LEAVE. If you’re bringing a young charge with you as you beat feet, don’t hesitate to use full force to force compliance. Dithering is deadly.
Hiding? Hiding is good. Especially if you’re looking for/planning an escape route or securing a weapon to use should your hiding place become tactically compromised. Remember the basic principle, as espoused by President Lyndon Johnson: a bad decision is better than no decision. Yup. I’ve decided that’s true. FWIW.