A perfect example of self-defense, and sound good sense

Not only is this a beautiful example of self-defense (watch Derek Mothershead move in smoothly, disable the robber’s gun hand, and throw a powerful left hook haymaker at the robber, landing him on the floor), I just love Mothershead’s money quotation about this serial criminal:

If he wants money.  Get a job.  Work, like everybody else in this world.

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  • 11B40


    Inshallah, Mustafa, inshallah.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Do not try this at home! 

    From what I could tell in the video, the way the clerk grabbed the gun hand was very dangerous and the gun could easily have gone off while still aimed at the clerk. It would have been better to strike the robber’s left-inner wrist or arm to deflect the gun before taking it away.

    Good for the clerk, though. That was a great, full-body punch!  I would also have kicked the gunman on the rebound…just in case.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    His left hand was holding a white plastic bag. Hard to do that with a gun. Then his right took a black folder thing. Hard to do that with a gun in that hand too. That became an obvious opening. While normally grabbing the weapon hand turns it into a contest of strength, here this guy was simply not paying attention.

    Two things to take note of. The attack only activated when both the robber’s hands as well as his head was paying attention to something else. Second: the attack penetrated through the robber’s personal space, making it less easy for the robber to pull something and shoot. 

    Intent. The decision to go all out Speed thus became very good. Inshallah: As Allah Wills it. Or rather, the American belief is, as the individual wills it.

  • Danny Lemieux

    My impression, Ymarsaker, was that the bag held in his left hand concealed the gun. But you are right…he had no gun in his left hand. Boom! 

  • JKB

    Hey, I got an idea, let’s start a occupy group.  #OAJ – Occupy A Job


    As for the gun, he should have wrapped his right hand around the gun to control the barrel immediately after throwing the punch, moving it away as he closed on the robber, then with the robber sprawling, used both hands to twist the gun out of his hand using his body pivoting as the driver rather than arm strength.  It’s a little more dangerous in their positions as the robbers would be stronger bringing his arm in toward his centerline and twisting the gun outward from the palm makes the trigger guard the pivot point giving more risk the trigger might be depressed. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    That’s pretty clever, JKB. Using the enemy’s propaganda memes is like judo and qong fu, where one utilizes the enemy’s force against them.


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  • jj

    Of course the would-be robber will now find an ambulance-chaser who’ll sue Mothershead for excessive roughness, emotional distress, and a persistent ringing in the ears caused by getting belted, and Mothershead will spend the rest of his life wishing he’d just given the guy the money.  Other than that – perfect!

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The video will make such a lawsuit hard to do. Lawyers are out for blood money, not dryed out cases that won’t pay them much.