Tactical – of or pertaining to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward
gaining a desired end or temporary advantage; showing adroit planning; aiming at an end
beyond the immediate action. From the Greek word taktikós.

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Prepare for Any Situation
February 2015

This article fought me all week. Originally, I thought it was going to be all about the attack on a woman at Penn Square Mall. It was a really scary situation. A man appeared as she reached her vehicle, demanded her phone and money at gun point. Then he ordered her to get into the vehicle. She disobeyed the assailant’s order, stepped back, and ran. She attracted the attention and assistance of a couple who let her into their vehicle and called police. Her actions very likely saved her life.

Less than an hour earlier in the same mall parking lot, a man was stalked through J.C Penny, followed into the parking lot and robbed. The bad guy showed the victim a gun, demanded money and asked if he had a car. The victim turned over the money and said he didn’t have a car, and the robber told him to run. Both victims are fortunate to have escaped without injury. Store video showing the victim being followed can be seen here
. Police now believe that both incidents involved the same perpetrator.

Penn Square Mall released a statement that called the attack on the woman an “isolated incident.” So-called “isolated incidents” like these are why I rarely go to any mall anymore, especially alone. When I do, I “puff up” into my very best attitude that screams “oh, you do NOT want a piece of this,” take care of my business as quickly as possible, and leave. I have also been known to openly carry a can of Fox pepper spray in my hand on the mall parking lot, night or day. No one ever comes within four feet of me, and that’s how I want it in that environment.

So, it should have been easy to write about how these two victims could have made themselves less of a target, but the words sounded like a repeat of things many of you have read in this newsletter, and heard us say in class. Repetition is good, but this time it was not to be. Two other, much less threatening, situations kept creeping in.   

Twice in the last month, I have been approached by men after dark. One wanted to sell me the daily newspaper on my driveway as I got out of my car one evening.  

The second incident started out very much like the attack on the woman in the mall parking lot:  a pickup drove up as I approached my car. I stopped next to the driver door of my SUV to wait for the truck to pass behind it. It stopped, and the driver started talking to me through his open window. We were in the parking lot of my office building, and he asked if I worked “at that place” pointing to one of the businesses with a ground-floor entrance. I said, “nope,” in a tone that said “dude, leave me alone,” while scanning the area around me for threats. He said something else, which I ignored, and he quickly gave up and drove around to a parking place quite a ways away. I tossed my stuff in the car, got in, and drove away before they got out of the truck to go into “that place.” (There was a woman in the passenger seat).

In both cases, I had to make a split-second assessment of whether these men posed a threat, determine what my response should be and respond. The young man selling newspapers quickly figured out he had made a mistake, and even apologized for “scaring” me. The man in the truck never seemed to realize how close he came to getting a face full of pepper spray or worse. The same threat assessment would have been necessary if they had been women. The difference is that women rarely approach other women in this manner. Men do it all the time, and many have no threatening motive.

We spend a lot of time talking about and training for the worst-case scenario, like the mall incidents: a dangerous encounter with a perpetrator whose objective is to rob us of our possessions and peace of mind, and perhaps even our lives. We also have to be prepared for the other extreme:  the clueless person who thinks it is a good idea to approach a lone woman in a dark parking lot (or her own driveway), but really isn’t a threat.  

So how do we know the difference? The answer is to trust your gut. If you get a feeling that something bad is about to happen, it usually is.

How do we deal with it? Be prepared to handle any situation. Make defensive awareness your default state. Put your cell phone away and pay attention to your surroundings while in public. Attend OPD Defensive Awareness class for more ideas about areas to watch.

Choose defensive tools that you will ALWAYS carry and TRAIN in their use until it becomes second nature, like you did when you learned to drive a car. Then when your gut tells you something bad is about to happen, the response will be automatic.

If you are aware and prepared, hopefully the clueless person will quickly get a clue, and the dangerous person will decide you aren’t worth the trouble and leave you alone.

Dara Doak
OPD Instructor

When Criminals are Kids
January 2015

Police Identify Suspect Shot, Killed By Pastor As 14-Year-Old Boy
Posted: Dec 23, 2014 3:55 PM CST
By Matthew Nuttle, News9.com

OKLAHOMA CITY - Police have identified the suspect who was shot and killed during a home invasion over the weekend as a 14-year-old boy. Police responded to the shooting around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, at a home in the 2400 block of Moulton Dr. The suspect, identified now as Keontre Reese, was shot and killed by Oklahoma City Pastor Tom Vineyard, after Vineyard came home and interrupted the burglary while it was still in progress. In a press release issued Tuesday afternoon, police say Vineyard and Reese got involved in a physical altercation inside of the home. During the struggle, Vineyard shot and killed Reese. Vineyard has been a pastor at Windsor Hills since 2007. The church is known as a staunch supporter of gun rights and has faced criticism for training youth to use firearms.

Police: Fatal shooting at Ohio mall started over attempted robbery of athletic shoes
Posted: Dec 24, 2014 8:41 PM
By Dallas Franklin and KFOR-TV and NBC News

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Police say that a fatal shooting at an Ohio mall on Saturday started over an attempted robbery of athletic shoes. According to WDTN, a shopper at the Dayton Mall shot and killed a 16-year-old boy who was in pursuit of a pair of limited edition athletic shoes. Investigators say the slain teen and two other youths had gone to the mall for a shoe sale, but they apparently got there too late to buy the shoes they wanted. That is when one of the juveniles produced a gun and demanded merchandise from two men outside the mall. One of the men, who was licensed to carry a gun, pulled out a gun of his own and shot the teen. The other two juveniles are currently being held in juvenile detention.

Most people have a picture in their mind what a criminal looks like. By “criminal” I mean someone who is willing to assault, attack, and/or kill another individual, usually just to get what they want. Add to that mental picture the media, which likes to put up cute little grade school pictures of someone who has become a hardened criminal. The entire first part of my Defensive Awareness class is about what a criminal actually looks like (from DOC mug shots), followed by actual case files of violent crimes around OKC, accompanied by pictures of those who committed the crimes. One example is the 13 year old boy who slit his neighbor’s throat while she was sitting in their neighborhood park. Women are usually shocked and leave the class forever changed, realizing they can’t assume anything.

When the media puts up cute little 12 year old pictures of a now violent 19 year old and incites riots and ultimately murders of police officers, you may be tempted to think the cops deserve it for killing a teen. Never mind the DNA and forensics that proved to the Grand Jury that said 19 year old had violently assaulted an innocent store owner, after which he smashed in the officer’s face and was going for the gun in his waistband to finish the officer off when the officer shot him.

Let me ask you this, if you walked into your kitchen and a 14 year old boy you’d never seen was standing there and that 14 year old attacked you with a kitchen knife, would you stand there and let him do it....because he’s a kid?

Or would you, like Pastor Vineyard, shoot and kill the person who is trying to kill you? Would you care what color he was, or would you simply just care that he was trying to kill you, and if he succeeded he could also kill your son?

And one more question, do you think a police officer has less of a right than you do to self-defense? Or do they perhaps have even more of a right to fight violent criminals since they put themselves in harm’s way to protect you?

Women in particular have a difficult time thinking a kid (and let’s face it, anyone under 20 is a kid) could violently attack and kill another human being. Women picture their own kids and can’t fathom that even happening. But these are not their own kids. These are kids who, when they don’t get the shoes they want, decide to hold an innocent man up at gunpoint and take what he has.

And then something happened that I warn women about when they say if they get scared they’ll just point their gun at the person, and men often say they’ll make the person go away by pointing their gun at him...

In SDA (conceal carry) I cover in depth what assault, battery, and assault & battery are in teaching when a person can or can not shoot another person in self-defense. And then I explain, especially for those who think like the above, that if they point their gun at someone who is a conceal carry licensee and has their firearm, they may very well get shot dead themselves. And it will be justified. This is what happened to the 16 year old who pointed a gun at the man outside the Ohio mall. The man had obviously trained – he was able to get his weapon out, come on target, and shoot to kill. Oklahoma law says you must be ready and willing to kill the individual if you point your gun at them, apparently Ohio law is similar. The man didn’t accidentally shoot himself or innocent bystanders, he obviously didn’t fumble trying to get his gun out giving the teen time to shoot him. He didn’t think to himself, “Maybe I shouldn’t shoot him, he’s just a kid, and what will the media say?” No, he safely and efficiently drew his firearm from concealment, fired and killed a 16 year old who planned to kill him for a pair of shoes.  

So does it matter? To you personally. Does it matter? Does it matter if it’s a teenager who wants to kill you and your family? Does it matter if he’s black or white or Hispanic? Does it matter what the media thinks or says? I can’t imagine anyone reading the OPD newsletter who would answer affirmatively to any of those questions.

If you haven’t already attended it, please come to the January 13th Defensive Awareness class. It is a very eye opening class, and even those who tell me before class they’re aware of their surroundings come away saying, “I had no idea how unaware I really was.” And then I get reports from them how they dealt with various situations completely differently than they ever had before.  

If you don’t have your license to carry a firearm, plan to come to the upcoming SDA (conceal carry) class. Everyone who owns a gun should carry that gun everywhere it’s legal. But don’t just carry it, get training. The Ohio man would have never been able to do what he did if all he ever did was take the class to get a license. And that’s why Girls Day Out is a pre-requisite to attend SDA at OPD. I’m not interested in getting you your license, accompanied by a false sense of security that somehow you’ll miraculously be able to safely and efficiently deploy and use said firearm in five seconds when you have to save your life...no, I’m interested in getting you trained so that you can do all of those things, yes, in about five seconds, because that’s about how much time you’ll have in a real life situation.

And if you don’t have an attorney who’s an expert in firearms legal representation, get one. If you ever have to draw your firearm, let alone shoot and kill someone, you most certainly want an attorney who will come get you fast, and you don’t want that attorney to specialize in family law or probate! My recommendation is U.S. Law Shield, I am a member and I trust their expertise and attorneys, and they have a program attorney right here in Oklahoma City. They are now in all 50 states so no matter where you’re reading this newsletter from, U.S. Law Shield can be your legal protection.

As for law enforcement, we truly need to realize how patient, well trained, and professional they truly are. You have no idea until you do at least one full shift ride-along and watch an officer interact with total scum of the earth and see how skillfully they deal with some really bad situations and truly horrible people. And you know what, being professional and patient doesn’t mean they let scum of the earth take advantage of them, harm them, or permit them to terrorize and harm innocent civilians. It’s their sworn duty to protect you, the law abiding citizen, how about we give them the respect and honor they deserve for that? Next time you encounter a law enforcement officer (even if you’re getting a ticket), why don’t you thank him or her for protecting your freedoms? We thank soldiers for protecting our freedoms in the USA, we need to recognize and thank LEOs for protecting our freedoms in our cities, counties and states.

By the way, kudos to Windsor Hills Church for teaching their youth to use firearms! Clearly they understand that education does not promote violence, it promotes safety and responsibility! There are more and more incidents of youth having to defend themselves at home with a firearm, it's good to know there are others out there teaching them to protect themselves.

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