Unarmed ≠ Undangerous

Unarmed does not equal undangerous. Just ask Christy Mack.

I’d like to end the posting there, but I know if I do there’s going to be someone that reads more into it than the simple statement, and will make assumptions about how I stand on some current events.

The intent of my statement is simply an attempt to dispel the notion that just because someone is “unarmed” means they aren’t dangerous, or that particular responses to an unarmed threat are somehow unjustified because you don’t view them as equal responses (e.g. one is unarmed, the other is armed).

I don’t know the entirety of the Christy Mack and “War Machine” story; at this point there’s a lot of he-said-she-said going on, and the truth will eventually come out. I am not taking sides, nor do I have any dog in this fight. What appears undeniable is War Machine beat Christy with his bare hands resulting in 18 broken bones around her eyes, nose broken in 2 places, missing front teeth with several more broken, she couldn’t chew or see out of her left eye, fractured rib, severely ruptured liver from a kick to her side. She can’t walk from her leg injuries. (citation, including hospital pictures of her injuries).

Can you honestly say that an unarmed person can’t be dangerous and inflict grievous bodily harm?

Some may say this is exceptional because War Machine is a trained MMA fighter. Doesn’t matter. If someone comes up to me on the street with intent to do harm, am I supposed to ask them first “Excuse me, are you an MMA-fighter? Because I have to factor that into my response.” Regardless, there are countless stories of people getting sucker punched on the street, they fall and crack their head on the pavement and wind up brain damaged, in a coma, and/or dead. No special training on the assailant’s part; all they were was “unarmed” but still dangerous.

Please don’t read any deeper into my statement than the words themselves present. I’m not trying to make political commentary nor take a stance on any of the current events; do not assume what my stance is and put words into my mouth. My statement today is only to show how an unarmed person can cause grievous bodily harm, and say that we as a society need to move away from this false pretense that “unarmed = undangerous”.

(And yes I know… “undangerous” is not a word. Some poetic license, please. Actually, I just looked it up and it seems Doc Webster says it is.)

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4 thoughts on “Unarmed ≠ Undangerous”

  1. To those who think “Unarmed = Not Dangerous” I propose a simple test. They sign a legal document releasing me from all criminal and civil liability; and I’ll attempt to assault them while they simulate calling 911 and waiting the average police response time.
    As soon as the average time elapses, I’ll stop. Then we’ll see how the feel about their position.

    Should be no problems for them; right?

    Bob S.

    1. About 5 years ago I wrote “A Simple Experiment”

      http://blog.hsoi.com/2009/02/14/a-simple-experiment/

      that is essentially the same proposal.

      I think much of the time people just don’t think things through. Or their perspective/knowledge comes from movies/TV where the hero can punch and kick their way through and endless army of bad guys and come out unscathed at the end. Heck — you ever try to punch someone in the face with your bare fist? You’ll be lucky if you don’t injure/break your own hand! So it creates a very incorrect foundation of knowledge about the realities of violence.

      1. I may have stolen the idea from you; been so long I can’t remember.
        I do a version of it with people that I’m friends with…I simply ask them to count to 360 – one count per second.

        And after they start counting, I simply tap them on the forehead repeatedly. Ask “What could someone be doing if they seriously want to hurt you”.
        Amazing how something so minor can be annoying and make the point so easily.

        Bob S.

        1. There you go. That’s a great way of making the point in an easily consumable manner — one that isn’t too uncomfortable nor too great a leap to have to fathom, but makes the point.

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