2 Men, 1 Car
I have been thinking back on yesterday’s real life combat post, wherein two men get out of their car to save a woman who is being abducted. It seems to me that an important concept is that the car is both a weapon and a tool. If you think about it, we have cars precisely because a person can do so much more with a car than without one.
Of course, a car can be used as a weapon. Maybe you remember me writing that the only time in my life I ever came close to real combat, I ran over a purse snatcher who was on a bike. But a car also amplifies a person’s capabilities, providing protection and mobility.
Suppose the two brothers, who should be praised for their courage, had a baseball bat. Would it make sense to lodge the bat in the gate or to seal a door to try to block the attacker’s escape? I think we can see that the best use of the bat would be for one of the brothers to maintain control of it. I argue that the same is true for the car.
As I thought through scenarios, it always seems to make sense for at least one brother to stay in the car.
Suppose one brother gets out and the assailant draws a gun and shoots him. The driver can ram the gunman, or worst case, flee for his life.
If the woman is seriously injured, one brother is already in the car and can easily pick her up to take her to the hospital.
If the attacker tries to drive off, the brother in the car can either ram him or follow.
If the attacker takes off on foot, the driver can follow.
Even better is a scenario in which the brothers have a weapon or weapons in the car. One gets out with the weapon, while the second one is “armed” with a car. If they followed Amo Guro Blackgrave’s advice, the brother in the car would also be armed, both with a readily accessible knife a tire thumper club, and possibly a pistol.