Watch this video for some pointers. First off, from the video description, these guys were on their porch when this woman trespassed and was verbally assaulting them, though they egged her on and provoked her.
Things they did well: the outcome, they showed good restraint in removing her and nobody got hurt or injured, including the attempted attacker. Once they identified the weapon, a large glass bottle, the guy accessed an available improvised weapon, a lawn chair, a nice equalizer to her close-range weapon, knocked her down and rendered her ineffective at using her weapon.
What could have gone terribly wrong?
Go back to 1:25 of the video. Watch how fast she accessed her concealed weapon and got it into her hand. Imagine if this had been a gun rather than a glass bottle. How quickly could the outcome have changed if she was accessing a gun with the intent of using it on them?
An important take-away is to understand how quickly a concealed weapon can be accessed from someone with zero training. On the street you do not know who you are dealing with, what they are carrying, or what they are willing to do.
It’s important to analyze variables: for example, given woman's behavior, her hand obscuring from view and digging into her bag should have been a huge red-flag for the man she was verbally assaulting, but he was distracted by her dialogue and didn’t see it, and she accessed the bottle fast.
Real Talk: I prefer to distance myself from the, “I would never let that happen or I would never let someone get that close,” statements and look at things more critically. Well, maybe you wouldn’t let this happen, but under what circumstances could this situation or something like it be presented to you?
What if you went to a cookout at a friend’s house, and you were one of the bystander friends?
Would you be of sound mind, calm and collected enough to intervene and handle the situation proactively without unnecessary escalation?
And if it did escalate, how could you adjust and respond limiting potential risk? Can you handle yourself, check your attitude, and prevent the preventable escalation of violence even when it appears justified?
Remember, put yourself in their shoes. In this scenario, the woman was definitely in the wrong, but allowing the escalation to occur and "teaching her a lesson” when she knows where they live could bring a repeat payback visit for another day.
Be smart, be safe, & keep the crazies off your porch.
Evan Dzierzynski Owner/Lead Coach NOVA Self Defense www.novaselfdefense.com