WITHIN South Africa and around the world it is an increasing reality that people are using guns to commit acts of violence against each other. Guns are becoming more readily available even with stringent laws on the issue and the use of firearms. Guns are intimidating and lend their users the confidence they would not have under normal circumstances.
Imagine if you will, a six or seven-year-old picking up a gun, cocking it and pointing it at you. It will literally send shivers down your spine.
With a child you could still negotiate or even bribe the child to give you the gun.
With a person that has an intention of using it to hurt you or kill you, there is very little chance of negotiating.
It is very difficult to offer any form of defence against a person pointing a gun at you. If a criminal carries a gun and points it at you, you have to assume that he will use it.
In most cases the criminal will have no idea how to use it, which makes him more of a threat, as a discharge can happen at any time.
In the event that you are being threatened by an assailant holding a gun, and depending on the situation, running away should be your first plan of action, if possible. A distance of 20m from the assailant will suffice, as a moving target is harder to hit. If he starts to shoot as you're making your escape, try to run in a zigzag or another unpredictable pattern as this will increase your chance of escape.
If there's no way out then you need to assess the situation. Most robberies end without violence, so it may make sense to cooperate with the gunman.
However, if you are confronted by a criminal who is determined to hurt or kill you then you need to fight for your life. A good idea would be for you to snatch the weapon with both hands, move your body out of the way of danger and point the weapon towards the assailant. He will think twice about pulling the trigger. Should you wrestle the weapon away from him take it to the police and report the incident.
Within Krav Maga there are drills and techniques for disarming a person pointing a gun at you. However, these techniques need to be practised over and over in a safe controlled environment with special training guns designed for that exact purpose.