In June I covered a story about a New Jersey woman who was viciously beaten during a home invasion while her 3-year-old daughter sat just feet from her and witnessed the nightmare. The entire thing was caught on the mother’s nanny cam, which was set up in her living room. She shared the video, which went viral and contributed to her attacker being identified and caught just days later.
I’m a gun rights writer. I’m an avid supporter of the right to bear arms and my choice for protecting myself and my family comes in a tight little package at my side complete with seven hollow points. However, that’s my choice. Not everyone chooses a gun for self-defense and that’s okay. That is the beauty of living in a free country – I have the right to make my own choices, as does everyone else.
And just because a person chooses not to use firearms as a means of self-defense doesn’t mean that they forfeit their right to an effective means of protection. We all have an equal right to self-defense.
Covering the story of the mother who was beaten during the home invasion prompted me to contact a self-defense instructor to get his opinion on the attack and offer some tips and suggestions for surviving a situation such as this.
I spoke with John Correia of Active Self Protection. Correia is an NRA certified firearms instructor and member of the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors. He is a military veteran and has been a student and teacher of martial arts for seven years. He trains men and women in all walks of life in both armed and unarmed self-defense.
Here are some tips that Correia offered.
- First and foremost, have an attitude that will survive and win this fight no matter what. She lived and her kids lived because that home invader didn’t want murder charges.
- Second, have the skills to defend your loved ones against a bigger, stronger, determined aggressor. [Take a self-defense class or become involved in martial arts or a similar activity.]
- Third, bad guys don’t want fights; they want victims. This fight was over before it started because she was overwhelmed by him. That’s no knock on her. She was just unprepared for that level of violence. She fought back for a bit but was quickly subdued. Keep fighting with everything you have! Make it painful for the bad guy and he will go find an easier victim.
- Fourth, make sure that you have a plan for home invasion. Reinforce doors and keep the garage door closed. When the invasion happens, prepare in advance what you will be willing to do to keep your family safe. Have the appropriate defensive tools that your family is proficient with.
- The bad guy took some time off from beating her to go look for things. That was an opportunity. So when taking a beating, do your best to ‘weather the storm’ and keep your wits about you. Play possum and when he leaves to find something of value, get the best force leveling tool you have at hand and defend your loved ones and life depend on it because they probably do. If you have a firearm, get it NOW. If not, get a large kitchen knife out of the kitchen, a crowbar out of the garage, a golf club if necessary. And then be ready to use it with intent to stop that bad guy from hurting you.
Correia points out that, unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that police could have responded quickly enough to have stopped this attack. He also points out that, as hard as it is to fathom, this is reality and the kind of assault that we need to train for and prepare ourselves to survive and win.
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Jennifer Cruz is a writer for Guns.com. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.