A horrific attack (Bradys beware: It did not involve a gun so in your book, it did not happen) of a shop owner by some nutjob armed with what appears to be some sort of hammer. The criminal appears to be a customer and actually goes to the counter holding two gallon jugs of milk. As the shop owner is bagging the items, the nutjob sprays him with a liquid, pulls out the hammer, goes around the counter and attacks the shop owner with six (6) blows to the head.
Attack finished. The nutjob takes his time wiping of the tool used in the attack. (Click here for the video)
So what was worth so much that the attacker went on such a malevolent rampage? The week’s shop earnings? Maybe some hidden precious metals? Nope: two cartons of Marlboro Reds was the take. He never even attempted to go into the register.
The shop owner, Yue Kui Cen is at Jackson Memorial Hospital in extreme critical condition. Last I heard he had not regained consciousness.
Armed purse snatcher attacks a woman in her 60s. She, her 81 year old mother and a friend were in their vehicle in their home’s driveway when a man armed with a gun pulls her out of a car and pistol whips her so he can get the purse. Moms are Moms and the 81 year old lady jumps out of the SUV, grabs the malefactor by the shirt and belts him repeatedly with her purse. The criminal, surprised by the old & spunky lady, release the daughter, misses a shot at Super Granny and escapes with the tail between his legs.
For this exercise, let’s not concentrate of either tactics or the wisdom of physically confronting a much younger armed male. It goes without saying that the spry Old Lady was very lucky, but I’ll take luck alongside anything else if it helps me survive. Our analysis here is the fact that Super Granny had the proper mindset, acted upon it and on doing so, it alter the mindset of the opponent. The criminal came to this situation with a simple equation:
But a new unexpected factor was added to the equation: the application of violence to his person in the form of a purse wielded by a small old woman. There were no per-programmed responses to this factor and as the coward that he is, chose to run away. A decisive & aggressive mindset won the day.
Both cases were defined by the Mindset, not the Tools or the Training. One chose to surrender and let the attacker decided his faith while the other chose to fight to defend his daughter. We know that the old “Let them have what they want and you will not be harmed” mantra told by the Anti Gun Movement and the political hacks wearing Policed Chief uniforms simply does not work. Violence works. Doing whatever is necessary to win works. Self-Defense is not a Sport with rules to be followed or has referees to call time out and assign penalties. It is brutal, nasty and with the great possibility that you might be living the last seconds of your life. Don’t screw around following dictum by people that are protected by bodyguards and live in secure luxury housing.
All gun owners (and even if you are not a gun owner) must read Principles of Personal Defense by Jeff Cooper. What Musashi is for the martial artist/fighter and von Clausewitz is for the soldier, Cooper is for the civilian who does not wish to forfeit their safety in the hands of the government. If you are a gentle soul, be ready to be shocked and even insulted, Col. Copper was not a very PC man, but neither is violent death at the hands of a criminal.
“One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that ‘violence begets violence.’ I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure—and in some cases I have—that any man who offers violence to his fellow citizen begets a whole lot more in return than he can enjoy.”
UPDATE: The Hammer Wielding nutjob has been arrested. Rodobaldo Sanchez is facing charges of attempted first degree murder, armed robbery and burglary with assault.
Yue Kui Cen is in a coma and on life support. Our prayers go to him and his family.