When the victim, 52, said he didn't have any cash, one robber said, "get the baby", according to Avondale Police Sergeant Memo Espinoza.This sort of incident is what I fear most. As a father I am very cautious of my surroundings when I am with my daughter. If someone steals my car while I'm paying for gas; big deal. When my daughter is buckled into her car seat and I'm filling up my tank than any attempt to carjack will be treated as a life-or-death situation that requires use of lethal force. You can try me later.
I cannot imagine the feeling that would come with such a situation were I to be unarmed and defenseless. What are my options? Stand there and let them take my child? Die because I have no way to match the force that the criminals are displaying? Not a chance. It is my duty to protect my family, and I'll be damned if I'm going to stand there empty handed while someone has their way with my kid.
And it is flat-out criminal to tell me that I do not have the option to protect myself with the proper equipment to deal with this type of situation.
What is the proper equipment? I'm a firm believer in Col. Jeff Cooper's Combat Mindset - plan A. Call me a coward, but I will avoid confrontation if possible to include someone shouting obscene things at myself or family. I don't care. I am also a firm believer in Plan's B and/or C. Anything worth carrying one of is worth carrying two of. I am a believer in having some sort of knife at all times. At all times. Those that know me are aware that if I'm not stark strip naked then I have a knife on me. It is a tool, and one that can, on occasion, be used as a weapon. You can bet your ass that if I'm armed only with a knife and you try to take my kid, than your gonna think someone hurled a 230 lb. running lawnmower at your head.
There is nothing "paranoid" about having a firearm to protect your family, no matter if you live in a "safe" area or not. Criminals look for such areas, and to be unprepared for such souls can be perilous. So be prepared.