Over at womensoutdoornews.com, retired police officer Sara Ahrens councils readers how to develop a defensive mindset. (She calls it a divergent mindset, but I thought the movie was particularly dull.) According to Sarah, it’s not all about the gun, stupid. “If we conclude that the only response to a life-or-death situation is with a gun, then we impose limits and jeopardize chances for survival. Without identifying a ‘Plan B’ we will resort to inaction if our ‘Plan A’ fails. We need to focus on the goal, which is to stop the attack any way we can, not focusing on the tool.” To that end, Ahrens asks readers to look at the picture above from a self-defense POV. Her analysis after the jump . . .
- Dolly — This can be used as a barrier, a distraction tool when shoved at the suspect, or a use-of-force tool (if it can be lifted and swung).
- Van door — Depending on the circumstances it is possible to slam the door open or closed into the suspect.
- Pavement/parking block — In a ground fight, the pavement and hard surfaces are useful, blunt-force objects.
- Dirt or broken glass — The existence of dirt or glass isn’t necessarily obvious in the photo, but having been a bike officer in this area, you can trust me that it’s there … I’ve lost a few tires! Also, this parking lot overflowed with traffic during the filming of “The Shooting Gallery’s” episode Ride Along with Sara when beer bottles were launched at my squad car. Picking up a handful of glass or dirt and throwing it into your aggressor’s eyes is an often overlooked, but very effective use-of-force tool. Eighty percent of information processing occurs through the sense of sight. If we cripple that sense, we win the advantage. In addition, having had many physical fights on glass, I don’t fear using it to my advantage. I’ll headpin someone into glass or gravel, if the situation dictates. It’s effective pain compliance.
- Glass windows/brick walls — In a struggle, shoving someone through glass or into a brick wall is an effective stunning technique and may provide edged weapon access.
- The van — If I am at deadly force and behind my wheel of my car I will drive away if I can. If not, I already recognize that my car may be the best weapon I have.
- Bucket (near front door) — Anything that is not nailed down is subject to being transformed into a weapon. It can be swung or thrown at an offender.
Bottom line: Sarah is one bad-ass [insert “b” word here]. Actually, let’s go with an amended version of Marine James Mattis’ quote from Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq: “Be polite, be professional, but have a comprehensive plan plan to kill everybody you meet.” Including a gun, of course.