It’s not the movies…. people don’t just fall down when they get shot and they sure as heck don’t stop fighting.
There are NO guarantees in any of this (self defense) stuff, so you better have a back up plan.
This video has been going around, it’s a mother and daughter rightfully defending their store, property and lives.
They shoot the subject at least 5 times and he still keeps coming.
I would say that these women’s effort to defend themselves was a complete success. The only way I judge success in self defense is survival. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it just has to work. So kudos to them.
I’m not going to get caught up in the “what ifs”. I think what if’s are bullshit. I only want to focus on what happened and the effectiveness of the firearm versus popular perception.
A quick rundown of what I see in the video…
2 shots fired at point blank range at 0:34 (hit)
1 shot fired at 0:35 (possible miss)
1 shot 0:38 (possible miss)
1 shot point blank range at 0:58 (hit)
1 shot from daughter at 1:14 (hit)
Now subject is fighting with mom over gun – daughter does not have a clear shot.
1 shot at 1:28 (hit)
Now subject is trying to shoot daughter with mom’s gun which appears to be empty.
Now for your reality check.
- Subject is shot at least 5 times.
- Subject is not dead (or even down) though he definitely slowed a bit.
- Subject manages to fight back.
- Subject took the gun away from the mother.
What you should take away from this…
- The gun didn’t magically end the attack.
- 5 shots didn’t stop the attacker.
- The women STILL had to engage in other means of self defense.
- The use of the gun was RESTRICTED when a clear shot didn’t present itself.
A gun is a very useful self defense tool, but it is just a tool and not the be all, end all method of self defense you have been lead to believe.
As I said before, I think this was a success but you need to understand the limitations and accept the fact that you still need to add other means of self defense to your toolbox.
Comments always appreciated.
About the author.
Damian Ross is a self defense advocate and 2nd amendment supporter. He is the developer of The Self Defense Training System, Bodyguard Ballistic Protection Gear and the Switchblade Bulletproof Backpack. He’s currently the founder and CEO of The Self Defense Company.