10 Best Ways To Defend Yourself Against Civil Unrest

BY Herschel Smith
2 months ago

Shooting Illustrated.

Is your personal security worth the price of 3 seconds? Based on interviews with perpetrators who are now sitting behind bars, the most common denominator of victim selection is found to be an “unsuspecting victim.” That is, someone unaware of his or her surroundings and unsuspecting of a pending—potentially lethal—attack. This observable unawareness clearly labels you as a potential victim. You can think of this as a giant blinking neon sign pointing directly at you, reading “PICK ME” in the eyes of an attacker.

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Situational awareness amounts to nothing more than observing your environment. We have a tendency to have our faces buried in our smartphones, texting or talking and completely detached from our immediate environment. From the predator’s perspective, this is equivalent to watching an ostrich with its head in the sand—easy prey.

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Keeping a few medical supplies on hand could save your life or the life of another. A basic gunshot-wound (GSW)-trauma kit, including a tourniquet, combat gauze, control elastic wrap, chest seal and a space blanket should comprise the basics. The form/size of your kit should be a factor in your consideration. Is it compact enough for everyday carry? Will you carry it in your purse, in your car, keep one at your office?

Bottom line with a GSW kit is to win the fight, “stop the bleeding, help them breathe, warm not freeze and get ready to leave.”

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Failing to create space, the defensive “A” answer, your very next option is to use whatever physical means at your disposal to get yourself into a position so that you can get out of danger with the least degree of injury. Inescapably, the one-word description for this is to fight.

Fighting is not easy. Fighting is not pretty. Fighting is pure violence of action. It transcends all language and cultural barriers. It requires full mental and physical commitment. It may be throwing a hammer at your assailant’s head or a scalding-hot pot of coffee in their face or slamming the point of scissors into your attacker’s left eye to cause a distraction. Whatever it takes to immediately fight your way out is always better than the alternative.

A few practical tips and pointers.  The best of all to me is, “Stay away from crowds.”  Don’t drive into it.  Find another way home, or to church, or wherever.


Comments

  1. On September 23, 2020 at 11:25 pm, BRVTVS said:

    I recently picked up a road atlas. I am not counting on GPS being around when things ramp up.

  2. On September 24, 2020 at 2:09 am, Jimmy the Saint said:

    When all else fails: when the going gets tough, the tough go cyclic.

  3. On September 24, 2020 at 6:22 am, James Ray said:

    Nothing, bothers me more than the lack of situational awareness. You see young people walking down roads and streets with earbuds or earphones, head down in their cell phones totally oblivious to anything going on around them. I’ve tried talking to people about this and they have no reaction. I recently had a conversation with the young man in the forest near where I live. He was Walking through the woods headphones loud enough that I could hear them, dark sunglasses and no awareness of anything. My dog walked up to him and frightened him because he did not know the dog was there. I tried to talk to him and asking if you were next to a rattlesnake I would you know and he told me he was not going to worry about it. Say what you want I think this is Darwinism at its best.

  4. On September 24, 2020 at 8:28 am, revjen45 said:

    I tried going out in publick with ear buds – once. It made me so uneasy that after about 15-20 seconds I stowed them. I have a smart phone, but I don’t usually take it with me. Mama has a Capt Kirk’s tricorder type with minuscule screen, and that’s the one we take out and about. It’s good enough to summon aid or just make a phone call. Do you really want to carry your private pictures and messages everywhere, so the cops can have a look too?
    I see people with their head up their ass and their eyes on their phone walking into a traffic lane totally oblivious to the oncoming kinetic event. It’s a good bet that any (sub)human predators also notice their preoccupation in the observe & prepare stage for the planned assault.
    Having a gun doesn’t do you any good if you are so inattentive to your surroundings as to be taken totally unaware.

  5. On September 24, 2020 at 10:52 am, Sisu said:

    Jimmy be a Saint and explain “cyclic” as you used it. …

    Separately, as a product of decades of large city, suburbs living / commuting / business travel “situational awareness” / “street smarts” is the proverbial “ounce of prevention”. … The problems arise (whether walking or driving) because of others – the witless and arrogant (i.e., stupid) offering themselves as “prey”, or watching others be victimize – neither getting involved nor moving away – blocking / creating gridlock for all others.

    So I suggest alongside “situational awareness” and “avoidance” always have an escape whether walking or driving; don’t be so fixed on your destination or pressed for time that you cannot “make / allow yourself” change direction … it’s okay to be late. … Grant grace to those who keep you waiting, when they provide such an explanation.

  6. On September 24, 2020 at 11:57 am, Ned2 said:

    Tranquilizer darts.
    No FFL needed
    There’s one on Guns America here: https://www.gunsamerica.com/993363543/Pneumatic-Tranquilizer-Pistol.htm
    “It comes with a number of unused darts and instructions for putting to sleep virtually any animal you’ve ever heard of. ”
    Seems like fun.

  7. On September 24, 2020 at 7:16 pm, Trope said:

    “Unsuspecting victim”. Anyone can be distracted. If a criminal deems you a victim it can be to your advantage if you’re prepared, they will not expect your counterattack and then they become the unsuspecting victim.

    However, the quotes given seem to address the average person on an average day and not what is currently occurring in some cities. Being the “grey man” can be a wise tactic but consider what that means now: wearing black and not displaying patriotic colors or certain decals on your vehicle. It may sometimes even mean feigning agreement with a mob.

    This goes against everything in us, but in certain situations it can keep you (and your family) safe. Be aware of your surroundings and how you look in your surroundings. If you decide to fight then fight, but the words of Sun Tsu should be considered, “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

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