Do you ever wish real life were like reel life? That in the event of an unexpected emergency that threatens your life or well-being or just your wallet that you could handle the situation like the heroes upon the silver screen? Quick action, deft hands and in an instant the threat is defused. Well, such a dream is not always possible, of course, but there are some moments in life when you actually can do what those guys up on the screen do. Like, for instance, defending yourself against someone who has just pulled a gun on you.
Defending yourself from an attack is never an easy decision to make. Many security experts advise just doing whatever an attacker says, especially if they have a gun. But you don’t necessarily have to stand for being a pawn in a brutal game of who knows the most about attack and defense.
You’ve seen it done in the movies a thousand times. And do you know why you’ve seen a movie star–or, sometimes their stunt person–do it so often? Because it really can be done. If someone pulls a piece (a roscoe, revolver, heat, justice pump, equalizer, heater or, well, just plain gun) on you and you decide to tempt Fortuna’s circling hand of fate by trying to disarm instead of just standing there and reading the Second Amendment over and over again in an attempt to find out where exactly it is in the Constitution that says everybody has the right to own a gun, here’s what you do.
You begin the process of engaging in a type of self-defense that seems to be something that those in the gun lobby don’t consider viable or possible or–most likely–profitable to their biggest donors with a simple twist. Start by twisting yourself counterclockwise to the gun. Take hold of the wrist holding the gun with your right hand and grab the barrel of the gun with your left hand. (Do the exact reverse if you are left-handed.) Push down with a mighty need with your right hand while you zip that left hand up.
What you are attempting to do here is to aim the gun upward while placing pressure upon the trigger finger. Bend that trigger finger as far backward as you can, even if it means hearing that sickly crunching sound of a finger breaking. In fact, you WANT to hear the sound of the gunsel’s trigger finger crunching. By this time the poor guy who has bought into the NRA myth that nothing beats a loaded pistol should find himself locked in a state of confusion caused by the fact that you are actually fighting back. Not just fighting back, mind you, but winning the battle. That confusion is going to expand into a state in which the guy packing the gun won’t know what to do.
Further compromise the gunfighter’s tenuous grasp on reality by screaming as loudly as you possibly can. You want to unbalance as well as scare him into thinking you may just possibly be a lunatic. The barrel of the gun should still be pointed skyward and the attacker should right about now be screaming himself because, well, you just broke his trigger finger.
At this point in which the poor sap who bought into the NRA’s lies is starting to see through this imposition of false consciousness you now pull down hard with the hand holding the barrel of the gun so that it slips rather easily from the grasp of the poor deluded fool.
Don’t turn yourself into a deluded fool once the gun is up for grabs. Don’t turn the gun on the attacker who should now be bent over in paint and possibly vomiting from a combination of frustration and fear. You can point the gun at him, but don’t threaten to shoot him. Instead, grab for the nearest cell phone and dial 911.