(Editor’s note… it has been brought to my attention that this actually did occur in the UK. There is a Devon on Long Island, and I assumed it took place there since I have not seen anything written about the woman who defended herself facing a backlash from police. Because as we have seen on multiple occasions, people in the UK who defend themselves, even in their own home, have faced arrest. I made an assumption that turns out to have been incorrect, and am working to adjust my piece accordingly.
I apologize for the mistake. H. Clay Aalders – Editor)
I find it somewhat ironic that the UK Sun, which is so hoplophobic when it comes knives within Britain’s shores, celebrates a defensive knife use by a
Long Island UK store clerk. Lorraine McCalliskey called the bluff of a hooded, knife-wielding man, literally – she called him out.
From the UK Sun:
A SHOP assistant had a Crocodile Dundee moment when she saw off a knife-wielding robber by pulling a blade on him.
Fearless Lorraine McCalliskey, 36, told the thug: “Come on then, let’s have a go if you want to have a go”…
…Shop assistant Lorraine was alone at 10pm when the man entered her corner shop in Tiverton, Devon.
He produced a steak knife and demanded cash from the till.
But he fled empty-handed when Lorraine pulled out a small packing knife from under the counter.
She said: “For a moment I thought, ‘Shall I give him the money?’
“Then I thought ‘No, I’m going to get a knife’.
“I suppose it was adrenaline kicking in.
“When I said ‘Let’s have a go’, he jumped back.”
There is an adage, “Show-ers don’t stab, Stabbers don’t show”. While I would strongly suggest that you take that advice with a grain of salt and with full understanding of your own abilities, I personally believe it largely holds true. In every CCTV recording I have ever seen of a stabbing, the victim had no idea they were about to be shanked. It happens out of nowhere.
“Run-Fu” is almost always the technique of choice. But if I personally find myself in a situation where someone is waving a knife at me and I am unable to flee, I am going to call the bluff. I have been training Krav Maga for several years now and practice, on a weekly basis) how to disarm someone with a knife once they attempt an offensive move. That said, avoiding the situation entirely, is the most preferable situation of all.
Stay vigilant, and stay safe.
And you thought I was going to use the Crocodile Dundee .gif…