Is there a way to defend against this type of mugging? (Video, Not graphic)
First and foremost, first time posting long time lurker :danceban:
I want to post this video and get some of your thoughts. I believe this video provides a great opportunity to discuss what could have been done, if anything. Seeing how fast a situation can go from "gut feeling" to "I am being mugged" is quite alarming. While this video takes place in Iran, imagine this same scenario (or similar) takes place in the USA.
A few of my points:
The victim knew something wasn't right by the way he turns his head toward the approaching lead bike - indicating his situational awareness was at least registering something. Leaving his back exposed to this "gut feeling" is probably his first mistake. This allowed the muggers to approach from the front and flank. If he turned toward the street he would at least be able to view the actions of both bikes and had a better chance at fight or flight.
When the first mugger jumps off the bike you can see the victim take a half step back, his "oh ****" moment has now registered. However, let's say right at this moment (when he is off the bike) our victim pulls his carry weapon - the mugger is only feet away and he doesn't appear to have any visible weapons. Squeezing the trigger at this point is a complete gamble. In the USA, I imagine a prosecutor would get a successful conviction against the victim. (With the other muggers driving off - their intentions never known)
About 1.5 seconds later, the first mugger has a hand on our victim and the second mugger is now approaching from behind. I think it's worth noting that our second mugger is the one carrying a knife. Not the first one you see. Might be intentional, but also shows how a perceived threat can develop after it's too late.
At this point I think we can all agree that there is no doubting he is within all legal right to pull and fire on his attackers. That being said, he is being manhandled and the ability to draw and fire is almost completely lost.
This video in my opinion is a great example of how there is almost no time to determine when a "gut feeling" turns into a "do I draw?" moment. In my opinion, his best option was to turn toward the street right away. When the lead bike stops, run. This at least buys his time and channels his attackers into one direction. If they come after him, draw your CCW and if they take one step closer - put them down.
But really, this situation is kind of a nightmare scenario for the victim. Which is exactly why muggers do it like this. Heaven forbid you are with your family or loved ones - at that point, running isn't really an option.
I will also note, that while there are four criminals, essentially two of them are his only threats. Being able to asses this quickly might help make a split-second decision.