One question we have always had during the flashback scene of “The Dark Knight Rises” was: “Why did Bruce Wayne’s father choose that particular door to go out of?” It was pitch black at night and foggy (why was it always foggy in Gotham?!?!?). That made us think…. what can we do to retain as much control as we can when we are out-and-about? The instructors with PSA wanted us to share with you guys what they teach to their students…..
At PSA, the instructors teach three simple steps of taking the control out of the bad guy’s hands.
- Don’t leave yourself hanging…. Why do people choose to go to the ATM at 0′ dark thirty?!?! Just because the dark alley that connects your street with the one that Waffle House is on does not mean it’s a good idea to take it as a short cut when you have the late night munchies. The safe thing to do is to go to the ATM during daylight hours (if at all possible) or simply take the longer route to Waffle House. Don’t leave yourself hanging.
- Make yourself less attractive…. And before you guys start screaming, we are not talking about becoming less attractive to your significant other!!! What we want you to do in this case is to make yourself less attractive to the bad guy!! We want you to always be aware. Be aware of your surroundings….keep your head on a swivel. Stay diligent at having situational awareness. Also, we want you to be cognizant of your own behaviors. We should be aware of any cash hanging out of pockets, displaying weak and/or careless behaviors, and style of dress.
- Make the bad guy think twice… Just as in the animal kingdom, human predators can sense the feelings, emotions, and the fear level of possible victims. Bad guys look for people who are meek, mild, weak, unfocused, and distracted. In other words, the bad guy is looking for easy pickings..those people that appear to be someone that they can take by surprise and will likely not resist. At PSA we suggest that while you’re out-and-about you carry yourself in an assertive manner. Be sure to make eye-contact with people who look at you. Several studies have shown that something as simple as eye-contact signals to bad guys that you are aware of them and their position.
*** If you are unfamiliar with firearms and/or their accessories, and want to learn more, PSA strongly suggests that you find, enroll, and attend a comprehensive and reputable firearms safety course. Firearms safety is all of OUR responsibility.
We want to thank you for taking out the time to stop by our lane at the shooting range!! We hope that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you stop back by early and often to catch up on all PSA updates! We truly hope that we were able to hit the target, and if you ever have any questions please don’t hesitate to shoot them our way!! We look forward to shooting the breeze with you soon again!!
And as always….remember to watch your six and stay low!!!