This video isn’t identified in terms of who the citizen is or when the event happened. He and his wife were clearing up a rental unit in a bad section of town, when two fellows with a TEC-9 tried to hold him up and told him, “you’re gonna die.” But dying was no part of his plans. He used a ruse to distract them, drew his .40 and drilled them. Both now dwell with all good criminals, in Hades.
“When I shot him, his eyes… like he was surprised.” We guess so.
The real punch line comes at the end, when the interviewer elicits from the citizen where the criminal got the gun: it was stolen out of police custody. (This is a lot less rare than you might think, and in cities, towns and nations where civilian guns are restricted heavily, it’s probably the leading source of crime guns). You might wonder who steals guns from the police: usually, insiders. Not always sworn officers but non-sworn personnel like evidence custodians and even janitors. But sometimes, sworn officers get into the act, too.
This is not a perfect DGU, but it’s pretty good, and you can’t fault the outcome.
- He trusted his sixth sense and didn’t leave the firearm on the mantel.
- He kept thinking. It’s clear from his recounting of the story that his mind was racing, constantly figuring the angles. Fighting skills are built drill-by-drill with the hands and the feet and the eyes, but fights are won between the ears.
- He never gave up. This is the dirty little secret to a lot of things in life.
- He fired first. Fair play is for Hollywood.
- He kept firing as long as the two robbers constituted a threat in being.
- He put the gun down, stood clear of it, and warned the police dispatcher where the responding officers could find it.
- He has some good advice for everyone: “react quickly, and have something you can defend yourself with.”
It’s unfortunate that he has given himself so much of a moral beating over killing these two specimens. It speaks well for him as a decent man and a good human being, but it’s probably not psychologically sound. He shouldn’t beat himself up: the world is a better place with those two scrotes out of it.
It’s true that everyone who kills, and is not completely lacking a moral center, thinks about it. You are vulnerable to strange stray thoughts, like, “once that guy I killed was a gurgling baby with a proud mama.” Just as it is helpful for a pilot to banish hazardous attitudes, like antiauthority or resignation, by reciting an “antidote phrase,” it is helpful for the combat soldier, or we suppose, the police officer or defensive citizen shooter, to have a mantra ready for when the humanity of the creature you have slain intrudes on your thoughts. Some examples include:
- It was me or him — so I’m glad it was him. (This is close to how this shooter views it).
- I didn’t kill him, he threw his life away.
- If I hadn’t shot him he’d still be out there (holding people up / being a Taliban / committing general mopery in the first degree/whatever). Good thing I did.
- If he did it again, I’d blast his ass even faster.
- I don’t grieve when I spray ants in my kitchen, I’m not going to grieve over him. Unlike the ants, he had free will. And look what he did with it.
- Think of it as evolution in action. Somebody has to put the chlorine in the gene pool.
- Damn straight I’m a hero.
Every one of those can have another sentence appended optionally: Intercourse him.
There are many more like them, and they all have the advantage of truth. You should never become a psychological casualty because you defended yourself, your home, your loved ones, or your property.
We found the video here at Front Sight. That place wouldn’t be our first choice for training, but it beats hell out of no training, and it was a public service for them to post this interview.