As I have said, there are too many variables to consider in virtually any self-defense scenario for you to be prepared for each of them individually. That is why I like focusing on two aspects of situation awareness as it pertains to defending yourself.
The only one we are going to consider today is understanding the statistics. What I mean, is that since it is difficult to train for every single scenario that could possibly happen to you prepare for the ones that are MOST likely to happen. Train the least on the ones that are LEAST likely to happen to you. Time is valuable so you need to spend it wisely. One way to do this is to understand the statistics of your area and know what places to avoid. You can also study the number of statistics that is put out by the FBI (link here). That site is invaluable to those of us who want to understand the details surrounding physical assault.
To get even more specific today, I wanted to discuss where to sit in a public place. Whether it be a restaurant, movie theater, or similar. Where you sit can increase and/or decrease your chances statistically of being injured during an active shooter situation.
In this video I detail where that is and why. Please note that I took some photos in public places here in my small town in Kentucky. The places had few people in them and that is why I chose them. I did not want to bring a lot of attention to what I was doing, but I am certain you will understand the discussion after watching the whole video. I also took or cropped the photos to protect the identity of them in them.
Come on, join in, let’s learn together!