A robber messed with the wrong man in Florida on Thursday night. 63-year-old, 5-foot-7 Fred Kemp used a foot sweep and a rear naked choke to disarm a robber who pointed a gun at Kemp and his wife.The couple was getting into their car in Boynton Beach when a man came out of the darkness and approached them with what turned out to be a pellet gun. Wanting to keep his wife safe, Kemp returned to the skills that he learned as a wrestler for Hofstra University.
“He started to hit me, so I reacted from there,” a bruised but smiling Kemp said Friday. “I got him out into the street and held his arm. I foot-sweeped him down and I was trying to get a hold of the gun. He banged me up a little bit but my main concern was the gun.”
Kemp’s quick thinking led him to apply a rear-naked choke, then when the robber was weakened, he took the gun from him. The police report mentioned that Kemp held the robber down until the police arrived.
Fight back. Be as vicious and brutal as necessary. Remember, they are threatening to kill you if you don’t comply – do you want to trust that someone willing to do that is going to honor his word and not kill you if you do comply? There’s plenty of evidence that criminals are often willing to kill even if you comply.
To those who would say “It’s only stuff, is it really worth a life?” I say that the robber is the one who made that decision – he made that decision when he decided to place you in fear of yours in order to steal from you. You have no way of knowing what his decision was until he either leaves or kills you. He may not even know what his decision is until he either leaves or kills you. So the only question you should ask at that point is whether it’s going to be your life or his.
Fighting back does not guarantee success – but it does give you a better chance than not fighting back if he was planning on killing you.
Fighting back works. Concealed carry works. CARRY YOUR GUN!
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[Source: Yahoo! Sports article, retrieved 8/14/11]