If you had to cross a Piranha infested river to get back to civilization, because only one other route is available but even more dangerous, you’d probably like to know if others have faced the same problem and lived to tell about it. Then you’d like to know how they managed to do it safely.
Armed self defense might not seem as dangerous as a school of Piranhas but the first time you face a criminal high on meth and determined to mug and/or kill you — you might begin to wonder. At least you’d like to know in advance what your best course of action should be.
A new book by Robert Waters contains 23 stories of actual criminal encounters by armed citizens. In these stories ordinary citizens used firearms to save their lives from violent attackers. Waters is very good with the details of exactly what happened and how the victim dealt with it.
None of them had much firearm training. Please don’t take that to mean training isn’t necessary. If you needed to cross a piranha infested river wouldn’t you like to have had some training in how to do it and live on?
Two of the stories in the book involved armed citizens coming to the aid of police officers who had been overpowered by a crazed criminal. Amazing what adrenaline can do.
Here are 12 lessons listed in the book that you will find valuable, and probably make you want to go straight to Amazon and get the book. It’s available in kindle or paperback. Nothing in it for me, I don’t know the author and have never met him.
- Almost all of these attacks on unsuspecting people involved substance abuse in some way. Either the attackers were flying high on drugs like alcohol, cocaine and meth, or they were trying to get money to buy drugs.
- Criminals can be extremely vicious and care nothing about the damage they inflict on others. Many of the victims suffered life-altering injuries as well as lasting emotional trauma.
- Violent criminals, much like predators in the animal world, prefer easy prey. Most of these victims were women, elderly or physically handicapped people at home. The few who were not tended to work in convenience stores or high value targets like stores dealing in jewels and precious metals.
- All guns involved were handguns, except for a shotgun wielded by a woman home alone.
- Many of the handguns used for effective defense were cheap weapons that are accessible to low wage earners and have sometimes been targets of gun control efforts.
- Since most of the assailants were drug-enhanced and were only shot with handguns, they often had to be shot more than once. So if you have time, reach for a long gun.
- Few of the defenders had much training, if any. Yet they all survived, and did not shoot any innocent bystanders.
- None of the guns used for defense were locked up. Due to the speed, shock and ferocity of the attacks, the victims would have been unable to deal with locks.
- Violent predators often work together in armed gangs that may require defenders to fire many shots to end the attack.
- All but one of the attackers had a long criminal history marked by repeated prison terms with early release. Some were on parole or on bail awaiting trial at the time.
- The underlying explanation for these violent assaults is that society does not deal effectively with the three main causes: drugs, gangs and mental illness.
- Criminals choose the time and place of their attack both to achieve surprise and avoid law enforcement, so prudent citizens must be prepared to defend themselves anytime, anywhere.
By the way, here are the instructions for crossing a piranha-infested river.