That did not happen to me, but I was practiced in martial arts, and knew how to walk backwards and sidestep without that happening. I also had training beyond the minimum for security guards, which was a joke, and the additional training I took involved fire and movement. I was also aware of what the pavement was behind and around me prior to talking to the guy, so it wasn't like I was going to accidentally step off a curb. Due to the distance I held it at the hip and only raised up to eye level as I stepped back. Had I needed to shoot from the hip I could've done it, as I had practiced shooting from the hip at distances up to ten feet, although hip shooting is more for 3 foot situations. The only reason he didn't get shot was that when he saw the gun he stopped any forward motion and immediently dropped the knife. Had he even leaned in my direction I would've been forced to shoot him. He slowly raised his hands and took off running toward a public housing complex across the street. (almost getting hit by a car in the process)Another consequence of such close-range attacks is that victims tend to fall as they move backwards trying to escape their aggressor.
Yes! If we could just get our girls to pay close attention in public, as well. I have found this near impossible with all three of mine. They know stuff happens, intellectually, but are more concerned with the current Vera Bradley sale, or where to go eat, etc. Yeah, yeah, Dad, we know.Good article! One more reason we all have to pay extreme attention to our surroundings.
I personally keep as much distance from strangers as possible when out and about, in hopes of mitigating situations like mentioned.
My 2 daughters have always had really good situational awareness. It's my wife, that has had me worried for all these years. Recently however, she has become acutely more aware of her surroundings. It's almost a game now ,that we compare which weirdo the other one was watching while we're out and about.Yes! If we could just get our girls to pay close attention in public, as well. I have found this near impossible with all three of mine. They know stuff happens, intellectually, but are more concerned with the current Vera Bradley sale, or where to go eat, etc. Yeah, yeah, Dad, we know.