The question was, “What lessons should civilian gun carriers take from George Zimmerman?”
This is a question I have been asking gun trainers recently, including those attending Rob Pincus’s Combat Focus Shooting Instructor Conference in September.
I have received many different and interesting responses, including a very succinct one from one of the Combat Focus Shooting instructors: Jiu-Jitsu.
Being able to fight with less than lethal means, including open-handed, is becoming more of a thing among armed citizens, as are various forms of “entangled” fighting. So we see the emergence of trainers like Craig Douglas, Paul Sharp, Larry Lindenman, and Chris Fry into the consciousness of the gun training community.
Integrated solutions or multidisciplinary techniques are phrases often used to describe this style of training which relativizes the centrality of the gun. If the only solution a defender has is a gun, then every problem is going to be addressed with a gun. To invoke the cliche, this is about expanding the number of tools in the self-defense tool kit.
None of this is to say that any of this is new. Close quarters combat (CQC) or close quarters battle (CQB) has a long history in military fighting (and perhaps law enforcement also, I simply don’t know).
But the emphasis for private citizens who are fighting is different than military and police rules of engagement. It seems obvious that armed citizens would be well-served to know how to escape, evade, defend, and fight before resorting to the gun.
Hence the answer to my initial question, Jiu-Jitsu.