When to Act by John Farnam

Published on 28 March 2010 by in Uncategorized

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28 Mar 10

When to act?

During early-morning hours, in a hotel lobby in TN last week, a police
officer who was armed, but not in uniform, was confronted by three masked,
armed, robbery suspects.

The robbery was already in progress when the unsuspecting officer walked in
on the scene!

At gunpoint, the officer was confronted and ordered to prone-out on the
floor.  All three suspects, although only in their 20s, were already
multiply-convicted, violent, career criminals.

The officer, started to comply, but then suddenly drew his pistol and
fired, striking all three astonished suspects.  The injured trio  immediately
fled, but were apprehended shortly thereafter.  Two are  ‘critical,” one ”
stable.”  The officer was not injured, nor were any other  innocent parties at
the scene.  Not one of the suspects ever fired a  shot!

This question comes up often: When thus confronted at gunpoint, or, when a
VCA is in the process of taking a family-member hostage, how long do I wait
before taking unilateral action?

The answer is, as always: It’s your call!

But, here are some things to consider:

Your attackers are at their weakest and most disorganized at the beginning
of the ordeal.  As the confrontation goes on, they will increase their
control, as your options dry up, one by one.  When you assume the posture  they
demand, allow them to search you, allow them to tie you up, et al, in the
end you’ll have no options.  Likewise, when you allow them to escape with a
family member under their control, you’ll likely never see that family
member  alive again!

A student says, “… when someone has me at gunpoint, if I move, they’ll
likely shoot!”

There is no satisfactory, nor comfortable answer to that.  All I can  say
in reply is, “You’re dead anyway!”

When you act with precise, but overwhelming, force, you may yet  prevail.
When you dither, there is little hope for your survival.

Everyone wants the “no-risk” solution.  This is fantasy!  There  is no
such thing.  “Doing nothing” is never risk-free, nor is any other  solution you
‘re contemplating.

The officer in the case dared boldly, and he snatched a stunning victory
from the jaws of certain death.

Good show!

The rest of need to think about it.  As I’ve made it a habit of  saying,
your Test is coming!

Who are not armed, trained, ready, and courageously prepared to act
decisively, right now, have surrendered most of their options before the fight
even starts!

John Farnam

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