posted on Jul, 8 2008 @ 02:25 AM
I think I have an interesting take on this, as I've been a Police Officer in the US for several years.
Any previous posts that mentioned anything other than "run" as a first reaction are simply wrong. My best advice is, when confronted with a knife
is run, then run some more, then keep running. It doesn't matter what shape you're currently in; adrenalin will keep the legs moving. Now, with
that being said, let me add a few caveats...
1.) Sometimes, you simply can't run. Maybe the bad guy's got you in a corner or other sort of choke point where flight is not an option. This is
likely if the bad guy with the knife is a pro...that is, he (she) understands the prey (you) and the combat setting. Moreover, if you run into this
situation, this is probably planned by the bad guy as he (she) has done it before and it's lucrative. In this case, you're just a mark, a means to
an end. So, as many other members have said, try not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Think to yourself, "Hey, this is a dark alley with
no outlet...maybe I shouldn't stroll down there while counting my large wad of cash". (Sarcasm for effect)
2.) I've dealt with many knives, but I've always had a gun (remember: Police). Here's what I learned a long time ago about knife fights...if
you're in one, you're going to get cut. This is a universal truth. This may seem counterintuitive, but just listen; both the stabber AND the
stabee almost always get cut? Why the stabee? It's simple...blood is slippery. The bad guy with the knife cuts you in a combat situation (and ANY
fight of this type is combat, make no mistake...it doesn't have to be in Iraq to be combat) anyway, he (she) cuts you, you bleed, immediately. He
(she) is close enough to cut you, so he (she) is close enough to get bled on. The second thrust or slash just makes the knife-wielder bloodier (your
blood, by the way) so the violent thrusting or slashing often makes the knife slip in his (her) hand, cutting him (her), too. I've seen in many,
many times. The whole point here is simple: no one expects to survive a plane crash, although some do...don't ever expect to NOT get cut in a knife
encounter. If you can accept this, you can survive....which brings me to:
3.) You CANNOT "win" a knife encounter. You can only survive one. SO, choose right now. Anyone reading this...take a second and choose. Will you
live, or will you die? It's that simple. When used in confrontation, the knife is used as a weapon, both of intimidation and grevious bodily
injury. Think of your kids, your wife, your loved ones, your favorite sports team, ATS, whatever you need, but right now, I want everyone reading to
promise themselves they'll survive, no matter what. Really, I'm passionate about this because I hate, HATE, to see good, innocent people get hurt
and I also HATE that society wants to mitigate lawful, honorable, agressive defense. If I'm not mistaken, this entire forum promotes the idea that
we're not supposed to be sheep, that we're not supposed to simply swallow what we're told. If you're on this forum, you can think for yourself (I
hope). So really...everybody go look in a mirror and choose, right now, that you WILL NOT LIE DOWN, you WILL NOT GIVE UP, ever.
I'm going to post caveat #4 in a separate post as I'm running out of characters (not character)...