Any time an attacker is holding a gun, it must be assumed he
has serious considerations towards killing you. If you feel you can get
out of it in one piece, let him or her have whatever material thing
No car, cash, purse, jewelry, or any other “thing” is worth losing your life over.
First rule is to stay as calm as possible. If you act crazy,
scream and yell, then the attacker may choose to shoot you just so you
will shut-up. So, STAY CALM!
They do not want attention drawn towards them and you must
attempt to keep them as calm as possible as well as yourself. Arguing
and begging are also a very bad idea.
When ordered to hand over your wallet or jewelry, respond
quickly and if possible, step back away from them as much as possible.
Another thing to keep in mind is to keep as much of your
"side" facing them as possible. When you face them straight on, all you
are doing is giving them a large target that requires little or no
aiming to hit. Turning your side towards and having your hands up and
parallel to the body also gives you a little bit of protection.
As you are standing there, have your feet at shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and rest your weight lightly on the balls of your feet. This is considered a “ready stance” in martial arts and simply means you are ready for anything. It allows you to move freely and quickly if needed. Practice this stance and get familiar with it. If things reach the point where the attacker actually tries to use the weapon, you will at least be able to try and dodge, escape, drop or roll away.
Just keep these basics in mind and there is a good posibility that you will get out of such a situation alive.
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