My friend Kathy Jackson of The Cornered Cat has published an excellent analysis of a recent kidnapping attempt in Florida. Here's a brief excerpt.
Broad daylight, as far as I can tell. Not an empty back alleyway in the middle of the night. Just inside a dollar store in Florida, with other people around.
Stranger tries to grab a 13 year old and drag her out of the store. The girl’s mom reacts quickly and fights back, eventually throwing her own body on top of her daughter to thwart the assailant, who fled for the exit.
The fleeing criminal was stopped by a good guy with a gun. An off duty cop happened to be pulling up outside the store. He blocked the assailant’s car in the parking lot and held the assailant at gun point until law enforcement arrived to arrest the guy and take him into custody.
Several people have asked me what I thought the mother “should have” done. My answer: exactly what she did! She used the tools and skills she had available to her, without any hesitation at all. Her immediate and full commitment to action almost certainly saved her daughter’s life.
Others have asked a different question: if one of us were in the same situation, would it be legal to shoot the attacker? Is it legal to shoot an assailant who’s trying to kidnap your child, and who appears to be succeeding? Let’s look at that.
There's much more at the link, including security video footage of the kidnap attempt.
This is a very important lesson taken straight from the headlines. It's a danger any of us can face, in this world of unconfined and uncontrolled crazy people. (Take a guess - how many of the people around you every day, as you shop or go to work or take your kid to school, are on some sort of mood control medication? And how many of them might 'snap' if they fail to take it, or run out?)
Highly recommended reading - and definitely food for thought. This is the sort of lesson that's worth discussing with your spouse and children, too; and if you decide you want training in how to deal with similar situations, find out when Kathy's teaching schedule will bring her in your direction. She's a great instructor, and very good at what she does. You won't go wrong taking a class from her.