Editor’s Note: The following is a post from Sammy Reese, a former Marine Corps Artillery Officer and retired police officer from California. He is a part-time range master for the police department he retired from as well as a life-long martial artist and combatives coach.
Check out the last five episodes in this series:
- Ep. 26 Should I Shoot? Do I Assist An Officer Engaged in a Gunfight?
- Ep. 27 Should I Shoot? If You Fail to Train, You May Fail to Fight
- Ep. 28 Should I Shoot? Gun-Free Zones, Problems with the 1911
- Ep. 29 Should I Shoot? Are You Afraid to Shoot Because of Media Backlash?
- Ep. 30 Should I Shoot? Have You Chosen Not to Be a Victim?
History Repeats again — and again
As we all know, history has a way of repeating. Sometimes we learn from the past but more often than not, our society as a whole keeps on making the same mistakes over and over.
On April 29, 1992, truck driver Reginald Denny was doing his job when he unknowingly drove into the epicenter of a riot in south central Los Angeles. (Please note I said a riot in Los Angeles, not the riot. All it takes is small spark and LA will implode on itself once again.) Mr. Denny was in the wrong place at the wrong time; he was dragged from his truck and beaten so badly it’s a miracle he didn’t die. Knowing what he does now about how that day turned out, I’m guessing he would have downshifted and used the full power and weight of his truck to smash his way out of there.
Six days ago a motorist in Chicago was dragged from his vehicle and severely beaten by a mob of protesters who weren’t happy Mr. Trump was elected president. The “peace-loving liberals” have taken to violence and have shown their true colors as cowards and hypocrites. I’m willing to bet not a single person in the mob would have done it if they were all alone and it was a one-on-one fight.
At this point your might be saying, “Ok Sammy…nice rant, but what’s your point?”
Since the first installment of this column I have been focused on personal defense and I always will be. Let’s take a look at the overall picture and formulate some plans to ensure we have our mind right.
You are driving down the road and find your car surrounded by an angry mob. They are rocking the car and smashing your windows. Your wife and children are screaming…what do you do?
I’ll stick to a statement you’ll recognize if you’ve read this column before: I won’t tell you what to do, but I can tell you what I would do if it were me in the driver’s seat and it was my family’s lives on the line.
Keeping in mind the legal standard that must be met for use of deadly force – that I’m in fear for my life or the life of another or great bodily injury will happen if I do not use deadly force – I’m going to see how my Jeep performs as a battering ram. If I need to I can also shoot from my vehicle at a specific threat. I’m still responsible for every round I fire, so I have to follow the rules even though the mob does not. Be that as it may; I will do everything in my power to defend my family and myself. I won’t be counting on the mob being the one that just wants to give out free hugs.
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