It’s just a car…..

CNN article reports good samaritan who was shop as he came to the aid of a woman who was being car-jacked has died.  As for the good samaritan, my condolences to his grieving sons who watched him die.  I do not believe he did anything wrong, just dangerous.  The wrong was done by a criminal who should be quickly tried and executed.

The Samaritan was coming to the aid of someone he saw clearly in danger at the hands of criminal.  Such behavior ALWAYS entails a risk. And many times it ends with a sad result.  But I will never criticize such behavior, for it is one of mankind’s most noble facets – that we will come to the aid of each other. And it is in fact the fundamental building block of society.

Each individual has to make the decision whether the consequences warrant the risk.

What I want to remind my readers if they ever find themselves in a situation similar to this woman is that “it’s just a car”.  Scream (that’s fine we do that when scared). But flee and let them have the car if you can.  (And of course use your head, if you have small children in the back of the car don’t abandon them…but it your back seat is only full of groceries, don’t die for a few potatoes and cans of soup.)

When I was taking martial arts I had the opportunity to witness a student take his brown belt exam. In it the instructor walked up as a hypothetical attacker with a gun, pointed to the man’s back and demanded his wallet.  The student immediately attempted a disarm technique.

Afterwards the instructor asked him “How much money you got in that wallet?”  After looking inside, the student replied with “Twenty bucks.”  The instructor questioned him again, “So you’re telling me you just risked your life for $20. Why didn’t you just give me your wallet. Don’t you think your life is worth more than twenty dollars?”

The instructor then repeated the exercise; this time he exclaimed “I’m going to kill you!”  The student completed the disarming maneuver.

The point of the exercise was not merely to test skill, but to test the judicial use of wisdom.  Knowing when to oppose, when to submit, and when to flee can make the difference of life or death.  Don’t risk your life over an  automobile or an  Andrew Jackson.

Assess the situation. Also realize that it is not uncommon for a mugger to shoot his victim after achieving the objective of a wallet.  But consider reaction times. What are your chances of drawing you gun, firing and stopping the criminal before he pulls the trigger of the gun already pointed at you?  Odds are in his favor.  Toss him your wallet.  Now he’s the distracted party. He either runs, in which case you’re still alive and our objective is met…. OR…. He returns his attention toward you with the intention to incapacitate you, only to find himself facing an armed opponent drawn and ready to fire; if you haven’t already fired.

Also realize that there is a very strong possibility that you will be hit. Remember you are shooting to stop your opponent. And you do not relent until the threat has been stopped. If you are hit, remember, you are determined to survive.  Many gun shot wounds are not fatal.  Lastly, sometimes tragedy strikes, and good people go down, as the above story details.  If you have family, be prepared, take the measures to ensure they will be taken care. Have a life insurance policy.  Yes, it sounds like a bad commercial. But remember, the number one reason most of us carry a firearm is to “protect our family”.

Published in: on January 26, 2012 at 1:06 am  Leave a Comment  

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