Thursday, January 24, 2013

What's Missing Here?

I got this from FotB tsrblke:
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Act, the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (DPSEP) is sharing the following Campus Safety Notice about an incident reported to DPSEP.

This morning, the [1] Metropolitan Police Department notified DPSEP that a student was robbed at approximately 2:00 a.m.  near the corner of [1] Boulevard and [1] Avenue on the edge of the campus.

The student was approached by unknown subject, who displayed a silver handgun. The student surrendered her purse and cellphone, and the subject fled the scene in a dark-colored SUV.

The student was not injured during the incident. City police are investigating the matter, and DPSEP will increase its evening patrols in the vicinity.

The subject is described as a black male in his early 20s, 5’8”-6’ feet tall, thin build, wearing a dark-colored ski jacket, black pants and a black knit cap.

In addition to making you aware of this incident, we would like to share the following safety tips.
If possible,don't walk alone at night.
Always remain alert and aware of your surroundings.
Scan parking lots,sidewalks and streets for suspicious persons and activity.
Look confident and purposeful when you walk.
Don’t flash your personal belongings such as MP3 players, cell phones, and laptops
Report suspicious activity or persons to DPSEP or the Metropolitan Police Department.
If you are the victim of a crime:
Report the incident immediately by calling DPSEP at [Phone] or 911.
Make a mental note of the suspect’s gender, race, age, height, clothing and distinguishing characteristics.
If more than one suspect is involved, concentrate on the person closest to you.
Try to note the direction of travel of the suspect(s) from the scene.
Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness' [1] Program also provides free safety escorts for students, faculty, staff and visitors who want to be accompanied to cars,other buildings or across campus. [1] operates: Monday through Wednesday - 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Thursday - 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Friday - 6:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Saturday - 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., and Sunday - 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.  To request a safety escort call [Phone]
For additional crime prevention tips and safety information, visit the DPSEP web site a [Website removed]
[1] - Redacted by request

He has two points- one with which I agree, and one with which I don't:

The one I don't agree with is that he takes exception to this line: "Look confident and purposeful when you walk."  Yet self-defense experts will tell you this is an invaluable piece of advice.  They sometimes put it another way, "Don't act like a victim."  Merely looking confident and purposeful is a way to help say, "I'm not easy pickings.  Wait for the next guy."

The other point he makes, with which I agree, is this: no where in that email is any talk of self-defense.  The closest they get is to tell you that you can get a "free" safety escort.  In fact, this specific incident would not have been helped by the safety escort- that program (per the email) only runs 6P - 1A Mon - Wed.  That means they knocked off at 1A on Thursday morning.  The robbery happened at 2 AM.

Of further note, the robber was apparently not terribly concerned with the fact that robbery was illegal.  Nor that it was illegal to carry a gun on campus.  It's almost as if criminals don't obey the law.

Now, this was a simple robbery.  Most self-defense experts will also tell you just to comply with a robber.  For one thing, this one already had his gun out.  Had the student had a weapon, and attempted to draw it, she probably would have been shot herself.  For another, even if he didn't have a gun at all, by the time a robber is demanding your stuff, he's close enough that you probably don't have time to pull a gun and fire (with anything resembling accuracy) before he could be hitting/kicking/stabbing you.

But what if it hadn't been a simple robbery?  What if it had been a rape attempt?  An assault? 

Bad people are going to do bad things.  That's simply the way the world works.  Given that truth, I want the ability to defend myself when the situation rises.  Liberals would have you believe that the mere ability to defend yourself is worse than getting robbed, raped, or beaten to death.

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