Recently, a Houston man was able to defend himself from carjacking using his concealed carry.
The concealed carrier, Dedrick Moore, visited a local McDonald’s restaurant (where he ate regularly) to return a Redbox movie to a kiosk there. After returning the movie, two men approached Moore’s vehicle and forced him out of it and onto the ground. The men stole Moore’s wallet, cell phone, and keys, intending to steal his vehicle for the rims. Moore, fearing for his life, drew his concealed carry gun and fired at the two carjackers. He mortally wounded one of the men, and injured the other, who fled, effectively ending the carjacking.
When interviewed by KTRK TV, Moore stated that it was odd for something like a carjacking to take place in that particular part of Houston. He also mentioned that, in addition to his concealed carry firearm, he maintains situational awareness, that is, paying attention to and being aware of what is going on around him.
This idea of having a concealed carry mindset is something we’ve touched on before here at The Arms Guide. In the instance of this carjacking, Moore’s concealed carry mindset, specifically, his awareness of his surroundings—including the individuals in that environment—and mental preparedness, helped to save his life. Moore demonstrates this mental preparedness in one way by carrying, although the area he was travelling was familiar and had a reputation for being safe. Maintaining his situational awareness also allowed him to identify an opportunity to draw his concealed carry piece and employ it to save his life.
Carrying self defense tools, whether a firearm or other implement, is only part of self defense. The example of Moore’s carjacking experience can be looked at as an example of how mental preparedness is just as important for self defense—if not more so—as the concealed carry piece.
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