Video surveillance caught the entire incident, which happened in Sau Luis, according to ma-mais.com. A man and a woman was casually having a drink on the sidewalk when two men rode up on a motorcycle. Then, the one on back jumped off and charged the couple with a gun. The couple wasn’t having it, though, and quickly reacted to fight back.
The man jumped up and tried to pull his own gun. That’s when the robber moved closer and the pair started struggling. In the meantime, the woman got out of the way by backpedaling, while drawing her own gun. When the helmeted robber realized that both victims were armed, he took off running, pushed along with a shot from the male victim. Not wanting to be left out, the female defender goes after him with her gun in a low-ready position.
Brazilian Couple Exhibited Good, and Bad, Gun Skills
In this incident, there is a lot to be commended and criticized. To start, there is a long history in Brazil of robbers pairing up on a motorcycle to commit crimes. The moment that the couple saw two men on a motorcycle, they should have went to condition orange. That condition should have heightened the moment the motorcycle stopped or the rider hopped off.
Now the male defender quickly decided to fight back. This is good, because if you’re going to act, you must do it quickly. This might not have been the best decision since the robber had his gun out and aimed, but he could have been trying to buy time for his partner to act. However, the male defender really fumbled the draw, giving the attacker time to close the distance. They each grabbed the other’s gun hand and continued to fight.
This allowed the female defender time to obtain distance and draw her gun. She also obtained good tactical positioning; she moved forward and back as needed for the situation. In fact, she performed as if she had received a decent amount of training.
In any case, changes are coming to Brazil with the relaxing of the nation’s gun laws. Only time will tell if it will make a difference in the violent crime rate, but more guns in the hands of good people can’t be a bad thing.