Ariah Fine links to this story posted at NPR about a mugging victim that offers more than he was demanded of…and asks if any of his readers know a similar story. If its true, it is really remarkable. Twice in my life I have been threatened with deadly force, and truthfully, both times I fought back, and was lucky enough to come away relatively unharmed and without any monetary loss. Of course, neither experience afforded me the opportunity to “also give up my coat.” I don’t think I made a conscious decision to fight instead of flee, in one case, it was my job to arrest the individual, the other was probably one I could have escaped if I had attempted.
Whats interesting to me is that after the danger had passed, (the wallet had been surrendered, and the mugger turned to leave) the victim actually stopped the mugger to offer more. That was probably more dangerous than the initial encounter. You never know what type of predator you are dealing with, and a confused, frightened, armed kid is way more dangerous than a calculating, experienced criminal.
I try to teach my kids about situational awareness, simple things like observing the immediate area of a parking lot or glancing inside your car before stepping in. Avoiding danger is far better than dealing with it. Another point I try to drive home with people (my kids included) is that feeling secure because you have a weapon is foolish. Anyone can be taught to shoot the center clean out of a paper target. Staring down the barrel of a gun held by a shaky hand will empty your bowels right quick, I promise. The chances are your attacker will have the drop on you, and any attempt to pull a weapon out will result in your immediate loud, messy demise. If we can get criminals to stand 12 feet away and not move, ok, you got a chance.
I bring all that up because there is a great deal of fanfare here in the South about the right to carry a firearm. So, i want to ask another question beyond Ariah’s….
If you were robbed at knifepoint, gave up your wallet or purse, and the mugger started to walk away, would you then draw a weapon and shoot him in the back to retrieve your belongings? What if he or she was a youngster?
* Yea, the title I used was a stretch, but, not that much, if you think on it. Go ahead, I’ll wait.