Every couple of years I am forced to revisit the false equation of “unarmed” with “not a lethal threat.”
And now in a story from my hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: a 73-year-old man died after being punched.
As I have discussed before — and as is frequently heard in armed self-defense training — someone being “unarmed” and someone not having the ability to kill or maim you are not at all the same thing. Someone whose only weapons are part(s) of their body can most definitely kill you.
600 homicides using “hands, fists, feet, etc.” and 564 using shotguns and rifles combined.
So, the issue isn’t whether someone is “armed” or “unarmed” when you engage them, but what sort of threat they pose. Certainly, a person who is armed with a gun and bad intentions is a threat. But so is someone armed with a knife, rattan stick, or even just a fist.