Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Five Nevers

Stolen from WeaponsMan are the 5 Nevers, 5 things you NEVER do.

#1: NEVER go with the assailant to a second location. Why do you think he wants you to go there? (There are actually several possibilities, but they’re all bad).

#2: NEVER give up your gun. This standard Hollywood trope, where the hero gives up his gun because the villain is threatening Sweet Polly Purebred or whomever, and then manages to free them both through some brilliant stratagem, only works in the hands of a trained and certified member of the Writers’ Guild. Don’t let him have your gun: just “Let him have it.”

#3: NEVER get in a car with someone threatening you with a gun, or even with someone who might threaten or harm you or who has an incentive to harm you.

#4: NEVER let someone tie you up. He doesn’t mean you well to begin with, and you have just made the decision to outsource your survival to him. Being bound is an intermediate station of the cross on the way to dusty death for many homicide victims.

#5: NEVER give up. Never give in. Never surrender. Run, fight, attack. In the aftermath of the Onion Field, LAPD Commissioner “Two-gun” Powers told his men to use any weapon they could, and pointed out that a #2 pencil can kill. (Exercise for the reader: how many ways can you kill someone with a sharp pencil? For extra credit: which way disables him fastest?).

This is a mindset that you have to make a part of your psyche, your spouse's psyche, your kids' psyche so that this is how they approach those who would challenge their right to life. Only when it is deeply ingrained in your system will it be a natural response. This is about survival, nothing less. Get with it.

1 comment:

Greg said...

Excellent points. I would like to add to NEVER allow yourself to be put into a situation where your life is at risk. Being acutely aware of your surroundings at all times and carrying a concealed weapon permit go a long way toward keeping the odds in your favor. Many abductions, etc. happen because people today are easily distracted.