Escaping Armed Assault, Rape And Battery With Your Life

Advice and guidence given for escaping an armed assailant with your life.

The number one thing to remember when dealing with a gun is that Smith and Wesson can beat twenty-five years of martial arts training any day of the week. Proper defensive moves taught by an instructor can aide you in defending yourself against a gun but the only way for them to be effective is for the assailant to actually be close enough to touch you with the weapon.

Any time an assailant is holding a gun, it must be assumed he has serious considerations towards killing you. If you feel you can get out of it in one piece, let him or her have whatever material thing they desire.

No car, cash, purse, jewelry, or any other "thing" is worth losing your life over.

First rule of business is to stay as calm as possible. Hysterics will not aide you and can probably be irritating enough to an attacker that he will want you to hush you up in whatever manner is easiest for him. They do not want attention drawn towards them and you must attempt to keep them as calm as possible as well as yourself. Arguing and begging are also ways of making an attacker cross the line from a simple robber to a shooter.

When ordered to hand over your wallet or jewelry, the thought on your mind should be airmail or hand delivered. Respond quickly and if possible, step back away from them as much as possible. Another thing to keep in mind is to keep as much of your side facing them as possible.

When you face them straight on, all you are doing is giving them a large target that requires little or no aiming to hit. Turning your side towards and having your hands up and parallel to the body also gives you a little bit of protection.

As you are standing there, have your feet at shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and rest your weight lightly on the balls of your feet. This is considered a "ready stance" in martial arts and simply means you are ready for anything. It is a stance that allows you to move freely and quickly if needed. Practice this stance and get familiar with it. If the confrontation reaches the point where the attacker actually tries to use the weapon, you will at least be able to try and dodge, escape, drop or roll away.

The hands can be up at eye level, palms out giving the impression of surrender and your arms will run a straight line downward covering your side. A bullet in the shoulder or arm is painful but it beats a chest wound any day.

If you are ever in the life-threatening situation of facing an assailant over the barrel of a gun, remember these simple rules:

1. No material thing is worth losing your life over. Human life is the only thing that can not be replaced.

2. Stay as calm as possible. Hysterics will be of no benefit to you and may simply irritate the gun holder enough to fire just to shut you up.

3. Keep your side facing your attacker so he has as small a target as possible.

4. Keep hands and arms covering your side to take the bullet if he actually fires.

5. Keep your knees bent and be ready to run or dodge if the chance appears.

There is no shame in running away or not fighting when dealing with a gun. You aren't in a war and there are no cowards. You are simply a person trying to defend your life by whatever means necessary.

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